Sharks are the oceans serial killers

June 22, 2009

(ChattahBox) — According to a study in the Journal of Zoology, great white sharks demonstrate some of the same traits as human serial killers, including stalking their victims and targeting specific prey.  Scientists made the discovery while observing hundreds of great white attacks on fur seals off South Africa. Instead of aimlessly wander the ocean waiting to stumble upon their next meal the study suggests great whites use a premeditated hunting strategy akin to that used by some human serial killers.

“There’s some strategy going on,” said study co-author Neil Hammerschlag, a researcher at the University of Miami who observed 340 shark attacks on seals in South Africa.

“It’s more than sharks lurking in the water waiting to go after them [the seals].”  The sharks feeding at Seal Island could have just hovered right where the seals congregated if they were random killers-of-opportunity, Hammerschlag said. But they weren’t.

Hammerschlag found that the sharks had a preferred base of operations that enabled them to observe their prey without being seen. They liked to strike young, lonely victims when the light was low and there were no other sharks around. And they attacked from below, unseen.

But the study notes however there is a major difference between serial killers and killer sharks. The great whites attack to eat, not to satisfy a compulsion or for thrills.


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