According to a new study, large whites spend more time looking for food on the ocean floor than biologists previously thought. These makes marine predators lovers of a diet of shellfish, not fish.
Sharks have incredible jaws and a sharp fin – all this inspires the idea that they only occupy that of hunting large inhabitants of the ocean. In fact, their main diet consists of those organisms that live on the bottom.
Scientists examined the stomach contents of 40 young great white sharks caught off the coast of eastern Australia and found that 17% of the diet of sharks consists of flat bottom fish, mollusks, and plankton living on the bottom. Another 15% are “batoid” fish in the form of strings, they also live in bottom sediments. Only 32% came from medium-sized fish such as salmon.