Ol’ Ragged Tooth. That’s the pet name for sand tiger sharks, and for good reason. Take a look at this estimated 200-pound sand tiger’s dentition.
The folks at the University of Delaware Ocean Exploration and Remote Sensing Biogeography Lab got a surprise when recapturing sharks carrying tags containing valuable information. They were sending down chunk baits and hooked a smooth dogfish. Then they felt a punch and then some real weight on the line.
A big ol’ female sand tiger inhaled the fairly large 3-foot long dogfish as dinner. Both were brought to boatside, and the smooth dogfish didn’t fare so well.
“This unlucky smooth dogfish couldn’t resist the menhaden used as bait and unfortunately fell victim to one of the top predators in the bay,” the scientists wrote on Facebook.
Yes, it did.