Shark Eats Shark: Australian Researchers Capture Shark Feast Off Great Barrier Reef (PHOTO)

02/15/2012 04:28 pm ET | Updated Feb 16, 2012

No species seems to be off limits when it comes to sharks and their prey. If that's a tough concept to digest, look no further to this incredible image of a shark devouring another shark.

The breathtaking photo captures an opportunistic tasseled wobbegong (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon) munching on a brown-banded bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum), notes the journal Coral Reef.

Researchers Daniela Ceccarelli and David Williamson from the Australian Research Council Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies first spotted the sharks while conducting a fish census off the Great Barrier Reef, according to National Geographic.

"The first thing that caught my eye was the almost translucent white of the bamboo shark," Ceccarelli told National Geographic in an email. "It became clear that the head of the bamboo shark was hidden in its mouth. The bamboo shark was motionless and definitely dead."

New Scientist explains that wobbegongs eating fellow sharks is nothing new, as stomach contents have pointed to this behavior before.

"This is not the first time that a shark has been photographed while it was eating another shark," Williamson told The Huffington Post in an email.


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