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Great White Devoured Off Australian Coast Is Subject of New Documentary

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By    |   Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 08:38 AM

A great white shark that was "devoured" by a mystery creature off the coast of Australia more than a decade ago is the topic of a new Smithsonian Channel documentary, which will air later this month.

In the film, "Hunt for the Super Predator," cinematographer David Riggs discusses how the shark in question was tagged with a tracking device, only to have that device wash up on the Australian shore months later, according to a preview of the documentary on the Smithsonian Channel's website.

The video clip of the documentary was accompanied with a statement about the mystery surrounding the shark.

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"There's a mysterious predator lurking in the depths of Australia's wild Southern Ocean, a beast that savagely devoured a great white shark in front of cinematographer David Riggs 11 years ago," the Smithsonian Channel stated. "Riggs' obsession to find the killer leads him to an aquatic battle zone that's remained hidden until now. Here, killer whales, colossal squid, and great white sharks face off in an underwater coliseum where only the fiercest creatures of the marine world survive."

"When I was first told about the data that came back from the tag that was on the shark, I was absolutely blown away," Riggs says in the video clip, referring to the strange body temperature measurements in the shark, which reportedly experienced a jump from 44.6 degrees Fahrenheit to 77.

The video quoted researchers who said the only way a shark could experience a temperature change that quick is if it was inside the belly of another animal.

"The question that not only came to my mind but everyone's mind who was involved was, 'what did that?'" Riggs says in the clip. "It was obviously eaten. What's gonna eat a shark that big? What could kill a 9-foot great white?"

According to National Geographic, the great white is the largest predatory fish on the planet, with the ability to grow up to 15 feet in length and weigh up 5,000 pounds. The shark has few known predators.

Great whites, which can detect blood up to three miles away, mainly prey on sea lions, seals, small toothed whales, and even sea turtles and carrion, noted National Geographic.

"Hunt for the Super Predator" is scheduled to air on the Smithsonian Channel on June 25 at 8 p.m. EST.




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