The Japanese city of Oarai, in Ibaraki Prefecture, is home to only a few entertainment facilities, and one of those is the Aqua World aquarium – an aquatic theme park that has live sea lions, jellyfish, and dolphins on display for visitors. If you are up for a more morbid kind of entertainment, the park’s shark tank recently had an incident where a huge 2.8 meter (that’s 9 feet and 2 inches) tiger shark tried to eat a smaller shark recently.
The tenders of the shark tank in the park had been concerned over the tiger shark, which had not shown any appetite for food lately. That changed dramatically when one morning, the huge tiger shark decided to swallow its tank mate whole – a smaller 5 foot whitetip reef shark. But the smaller predator had really tough skin, even for the bigger apex predator renowned for its sharp teeth. After chomping several times on the smaller shark, and even trying to swallow it whole, the bigger tiger shark finally gave up and spit out the smaller shark in relative disgust. Suffice it to say that the bigger shark probably found its lost appetite.
Employees of the park recovered the small whitetip shark, but its flesh had been badly mauled and it eventually died. “In light of this event, we will be further increasing the effort we make when judging which sharks to place in the same tanks, taking into account their relative size and possible hostilities,” a spokesperson for the aquatic park said. Aqua World vouches for the safety of its facility, and hopes that visitors will continue to support it, even their shark exhibit which is obviously missing one small reef shark at this point.
[via NY Daily News]