Shark Feeding Frenzy Provides Valuable Insight into Eating Habits
A shark feeding frenzy caught on film by a documentary crew provides valuable insight into the poorly understood eating habits of one of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures.
November 6, 2015
By Danny Clemens
A remarkable new video shows sharks doing what they do best — eating. Each year, up to 10,000 marbled groupers converge upon a narrow channel in French Polynesia each year to mate. This year, a documentary crew was on hand as hungry sharks crashed the fish orgy in search of their next meal.
“Grey reef sharks are adaptable predators,” said Dr. William Robbins, a shark researcher who analyzed the film. “This research shows sharks modify their hunting strategy based on the type of fish they are targeting-slow and steady for agile fish like fusilier, fast and furious for large fish like grouper.”
Published in the academic journal Coral Reefs, Robbins’ research was supported by The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and Wildlife Marine…