Mystery Monster off Australian Coast

Stop worrying about politics, just think about this: Great White Shark Devoured by Mystery Monster off Australia Coast:

In the film, Australian scientists explain that the great white shark had been tagged with a tracking device. They said the shark was eaten by a mystery creature in the depths of the ocean four months later, with the tag washing up on shore about 4km from where it was initially tagged.

In a clip from the film, Riggs says: “When I was first told about the data that came back from the tag that was on the shark, I was absolutely blown away.”

The shark had been swimming at a depth of 1,900ft when there was a huge temperature change – going from 7C to 25C in just seconds.

Scientists say this could only have happened by the shark being eaten by another creature – the latter temperature indicates that the tag was inside the stomach of another animal.

“The question that not only came to my mind but everyone’s mind who was involved was, ‘what did that?’” Riggs said. “It was obviously eaten. What’s gonna eat a shark that big? What could kill a 9ft great white?”

With the temperature going from 7C to 25C in just seconds it’s the final proof of global warming for sure.

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52 Responses to Mystery Monster off Australian Coast

  1. Percy

    There’s always a bigger fish

  2. nerblnob

    It’s a roving gypsy Supertrawler, cruelly cast out from its intended fishing grounds and seeking revenge on society, Gaia, anything …

  3. C.L.

    A scuba-diving Christine Nixon?

  4. incoherent rambler

    Something that likes the taste of electronics.

  5. Chris M

    They are tasty with hot chips.

    This guys not promoting a film perchance?

  6. oldsalt

    No silly, a dingo with an aqualung

  7. Mat

    Occam’s razor – big sharks eat little sharks. And compared to some of the whites that have been caught around our coastline, a 9 footer is indeed a little shark. Some mystery – I wonder how much public funding was wasted on this program?

  8. johanna

    The shark had been swimming at a depth of 1,900ft when there was a huge temperature change – going from 7C to 25C in just seconds.

    Right, because the ocean is full of creatures that swim in water at 7C and have an internal body temperature of 25C. Not.

    Of course, it could have been Jonah’s Whale on holidays in Hawaii.

  9. Talleyrand

    Clive popped out for fish and chips?

  10. Piett

    Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.

    And now He has woken! (And had a shark for nibbles. The human race will be next.)

  11. Shauno

    Bigger shark lol. 9ft is only small for a great white so my guess is a 20ft shark had a meal.

  12. Baldrick

    I wonder how much public funding was wasted on this program?

    Instead of bagging this piece of crap ya’ll better start liking it because it’s partly funded by your hard-earned. As per this cover the doco displays the ABC, the Australian Government and Screen Australia logos.
    The doco was filmed throughout 2013, so guess which guvmint is to blame?

  13. Combine_Dave

    Kaiju?

    Morrison’s border strike force suddenly makes sense. Not sure the orange life boats are going to work here though.

  14. jupes

    Of course, it could have been Jonah’s Whale on holidays in Hawaii.

    Maybe. Apparently Orcas eat Great Whites.

  15. Clive 4 Evah

    Clive likes to go for a swim occasionally.

    Makes him very hungry.

  16. Baldrick

    Screen Australia invests $2m across five documentaries [Sat 18/08/2012]

    Including: THE SEARCH FOR THE OCEAN’S SUPER PREDATOR aka Hunt for the Super Predator.

  17. dover_beach

    I saw this doco months ago. I’m not sure what the fuss is about. They conclude it was probably a very large great white. I found the doco enjoyable.

  18. Alfonso

    A gigantic once in a lifetime GW is 20′. Maybe 3 + tons. Never seen one.
    Killer whales grow large enough to prey on the biggest GW. The female that swam under our 42′ game boat in NZ and lifted it up in the water as a hint that she had a calf and we should go elsewhere made for a quiet boat.

  19. Major Elvis Newton

    A Palmersaurus is big enough.

    it’s also largely filled with hot air. That could explain the rapid temperature change.

  20. Alfonso

    “because the ocean is full of creatures that swim in water at 7C and have an internal body temperature of 25C”
    Sharks and most spectacularly tuna have the ability to crank up their body temp under pressure, the metabolic rate gives them vim and vigour.

  21. Max

    Right, because the ocean is full of creatures that swim in water at 7C and have an internal body temperature of 25C. Not.

    Probably a Orca (Killer) Whale – they are warm blooded

  22. Blair

    A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER ?

  23. dover_beach

    Orcas haven’t been known to dive to a depth of almost 2000 feet (over two times their known limit). The shark was taken at depth of 1900 feet.

  24. The story is old – dates from early 2013 -
    http://www.watoday.com.au/environment/western-australia-shark-mystery-sparks-bigger-questions-over-ocean-predators-20131029-2wdo8.html
    note ref to giant squids – another possible predator.
    I like the refs to hotspot of sea life – I thought we had made the oceans dead.

  25. .

    Vic Hislop caught a 21’8″ Great White using seals as bait (mid 1980s). He has hooked bigger but couldn’t land them. In 2008, a commercial fisherman had to release a 21′ Great White in Tuggerah Lakes. Hislop also bought a 5 metre great hammerhead which had died as bycatch from a commercial fisherman (about 2011 IIRC). This shark isn’t as big as the whites get, but could easily eat smaller predators – or swallow you whole. In 2008, the World Record (IGFA) 37 kg (and arguably All Tackle Class, but the current holder wascaught there in 2004) Tiger Shark was caught at Ulladulla.

    Yes big sharks eat little sharks. Orcas have been known for years to eat sharks, particularly Great Whites.

    I think this incident shows the ecosystem is in no threat from global warming. We have apex predators hunting each other. We also have a variety of very large apex predators. Hardly a sign of a struggling ecosystem.

    It could be argued that warming if it exists, it has no effect on marine life. Particularly this “hidden heat”.

  26. .

    dover_beach
    #1341422, posted on June 10, 2014 at 8:55 am
    Orcas haven’t been known to dive to a depth of almost 2000 feet (over two times their known limit). The shark was taken at depth of 1900 feet.

    Sperm Whales are a possible candidate as well. Or a bloody big shark.

  27. egg_

    Right, because the ocean is full of creatures that swim in water at 7C and have an internal body temperature of 25C. Not.

    And a sample of ONE, to boot.
    Instrumentation error as the instrument was munched to bits?
    Next.

  28. dover_beach

    Instrumentation error as the instrument was munched to bits?

    They retrieved the instrument. No evidence of being munched to bits.

  29. dover_beach

    And a sample of ONE, to boot.

    What, unless there are multiple samples of X, X never happened?

  30. egg_

    They retrieved the instrument.

    Which was?
    A 1900 ft acoustic TP tag?

  31. brc

    A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER ?

    Pah, beat me to it. Clearly it was cut in half by a crashing airliner sinking to the bottom. Explains the temp difference.

    I saw a display with a frozen mega-shark thing. It could have eaten a 9ft great white without difficulty. Some fishing boat had hauled it up I think.

  32. egg_

    What, unless there are multiple samples of X, X never happened?

    The manufacturer’s opinion would be of value.
    Suggests instrument trauma – it was likely a 200m (c. 660 ft) acoustic TP device and 1900 ft depth (pressure* transducer) would be ‘out of range’.

    *The key metric IMHO.

  33. Robert Blair

    Clive4Evah:

    Clive likes to go for a swim occasionally

    I’m with you C4.

    Keep up the good work – I’m starting to warm to Clive already.

  34. No; think, people: it was the Abbot-monster, obviously.

  35. incoherent rambler

    Clive likes to go for a swim occasionally

    Occasional sea level rise is now explained.

  36. Roger

    Surely ’tis no mystery…Orcinus Orca!

  37. Zatara

    Seawolf Class nuclear submarines have a claimed test depth of “over 1600 feet”.

    Check with the USN to see if any came home with sharks teeth embeded in the poop deck.

  38. oldsalt

    Sea Monsters. Slain not a few but not allowed to do it now.

    Some Bullrays had wings which stretched from gunwhale to gunwhale and tail to top of the A-Frame. One such monster had its revenge when a deckie broke off its spike [passable jewelry when cleaned up with acid] and put it in the pocket of his wet weather gear. As the codends swung over the gunwhales. Don’t – do not – ever do this. It pierced a most useful, if dangly, part of his male anatomy and the doctor in Gove had great fun taking photos. Happily the victim still has both pieces intact, the spike in cotton wool in a Lucky Strike tobacco tin.

  39. john mountford

    It was a deep sea volcanic eruption (a tiny one…like a deep fry) that exploded just as sharkie swam past, hence the rise in temp. All the other sharkies then had flake for dinner, but spat out the transducer.

  40. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    Phillipa ,please dont use that “God” word it upsets the comrades in the alpbc and alp/green/fascist party.makes them think of the millions of Molesting Priests in the Roman Church. They are still grieving over the criminal illegal who was killed by the Salvation Army Hit Man on Manus Island.

  41. Lysander

    SHY saw this on tv.

  42. gabrianga

    Nope! No poop in the tooth deck either.

  43. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Spoken about quietly around bars in the SOSUS community back in the 80s and 90s was ‘The Anomaly’.

    Now, the arrays (by that date) were perfecly capable of telling individual whales by their heartbeats, and of course of telling which of the cows were pregnant by the foetal heartbeats. These were very good systems, especially against surface and shallow targets, like most whales and most subs (Alfa class and Papa class excepted!).

    ‘The Anomaly’ was something which appeared to originate in the mid-Atlantic ridge. It seemed to have an organic sonar like a sperm whale or killer whale, and it never approached the surface. Officially, it was ‘magma displacement noise, landslides and hot-vent harmonic noises, or system faults’.

    But that’s not what was discussed around the bar.

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