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shark dinner

DINNER TIME

Normally, sharks eat alone.  But sometimes one feeding shark attracts others.  They swim up as quickly as possible and all begin to try to get a piece of the prey.  They bite wildly at anything that gets in their way -- even each other.

The great white shark rarely partakes in feeding frenzies.  One distinctive great white shark "group feeding" episode was witnessed by scientists -- a group of great whites shared the carcass of a whale.  Rather than the feeding frenzy many types of sharks participate in, the great whites swam calmly around each other "sizing" one another up.  They then took turns feeding from the whale carcass in order from the largest great white to the smallest.  Scientists were surprised by this orderly and intelligent behaviour!

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