Some wildlife documentaries sometimes feel like horror movies. This is the case of Cannibal Sharks, a 44-minute documentary directed by Mark Woodard and available on Disney+.
Structured like a real police investigation and based on a few very specific cases, the documentary begins with a simple and chilling observation: in recent years, researchers have documented several attacks between sharks in different parts of the world.
A large shark, caught in a net, which attracts others by fighting, lemon sharks in a mangrove swamp in the Bahamas, which endlessly devour the youngest specimens of their species, or even a bull shark, which swallows its own kind in the middle. Aquarium in Seoul…
So many gruesome examples that raise questions about the practice of cannibalism among sharks: a behavior that is common but also ancestral. Indeed, as scientists point out in the documentary, 300 million years ago, everything indicates that prehistoric sharks were already eating each other.
Fascinating and very well illustrated, but really relaxing, the documentary even has two themes for us that seem to “straight from a nightmare” (to use the narrator’s words): the case of a ferocious shark, a small parasitic shark with a scary appearance that does not hesitate to attack great white sharks, and the case of bull sharks that start eating. …even before birth! Sensitive souls beware!
While viewers who already have a phobia of sharks or the youngest are strongly advised to venture into the depths of this documentary, the rest will find fascinating information on this subject, which has not yet finished the survey of specialists.
“We now know that shark attacks are much more common than we thought. Today, we are just beginning to better understand the phenomenon.”Mark Mikan, a biologist at the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences, explains at the end of the film.
“Sharks are great predators, taking advantage of every feeding opportunity. Sometimes it’s another shark caught on a fishing line, or a shark in an aquarium. Sometimes some individuals can attack a congener that is close to them. This is proof that even the largest predators are not immune. from an attack in the ocean.
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