Turducken Of The Sea: Delaware Researchers Catch A Shark Eating A Shark! [PHOTO]

By Danny Choy on August 14, 2013 11:59 PM EDT

Shark within a shark
Shark within a shark was captured by researchers of the University of Delaware. (Photo: ORB Lab)

A shark eats a shark eats a small menhaden bait fish! This is truly the most astonishing shark photo you have ever seen.

According to grindtv.com, researchers at the University of Delaware were on a mission to recapture tagged sand tiger sharks for study. The team of researchers set out with small menhaden bait fish to lure one of their females. Little did the researchers know that they were in for a big surprise.

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"We were trying to catch sharks that we tagged last year with internal archival tags that can detect other tagged fish around them, as well as external pop-off satellite tags that estimate the location of the shark," explained oceanography researcher Danielle Haulsee of the University of Delaware.

The menhaden bait lured a small dogfish shark that quickly snatched the bait. Moments later, a much larger tiger shark opened its jaws to sink its teeth into the dogshark and the menhaden. A delighted researcher quickly snapped a photo of the stunning "turducken of the sea." The photo was shared on the Orb Lab, Ocean Exploration, Remote Sensing, Biogeography Lab, Facebook page, .

Sand tiger sharks are vicious predators that feature rows of razor sharp teeth that protrude from their jaws. "Their protruding spike-like teeth are perfect for spearing their favorite foods: bony fishes, small sharks, rays, squids, crabs, and lobsters," said the ORB Lab.

Sand tiger sharks average approximately 10 feet long. These fierce sharks lose about one tooth a day but boast an incredible 56 rows of teeth on each jaw.

The dogfish shark was killed by the sand tiger shark. The sand tiger shark was tagged and sent back into the water.

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