There is always a bigger fish........

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Tue, 2006-11-07 11:53

This guy was fishing the Ribbon Reefs in far north Queensland when he hooked a 15' Scalloped Hammerhead. After a fight of 45 minutes, the crew finally caught a glimse of the monster. As the hammerhead neared the boat, an even bigger Tiger Shark attacked the Hammerhead and ate most of it. While he was unprepared to judge the size of the Tiger Shark that snacked on the Hammerhead, it goes without saying that the beast was considerably larger than the unfortunate, but enormous Hammerhead. Look at the photo again, sends a shiver down your spine, does'nt it?

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Oh man

Tue, 2006-11-07 13:17

Oh man, oh man.
That absolutely does my head in.
I would never have thought that was possible.
Oh man.
That makes me think more than twice about UW filming now!!
But what is the rope marks around the hammer?
Do you know the guys that took the photo?

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Wed, 2006-11-08 13:53

thats massssivveeee!!! its hard to imagin the thing that took it.. it only shows that there is always a bigger fish out there its like wonganela banks where the marlin got eaten by the giant squid it would have had to be huge


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Personally I find it hard to

Wed, 2006-11-08 13:57

Personally I find it hard to beleive, unless of course that was an eye witness account, Sean?

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Tiger Shark

Thu, 2006-11-09 05:26

Jay - This story came from a NZ Fishing Mag.....and while the details could be dubious, I have no doubt at all that a large Tiger Shark could have done this. Here is a bit of interesting info
Maximum reported size: 18 - 20 ft..
Maximumweight - over 2000LB

Teeth and Jaws: Tiger Sharks have triangular shaped teeth, which are serrated (saw-edged) and extremely sharp. These teeth are located in several rows inside the sharks jaw. The first two rows of teeth are used in obtaining prey, while the other rows are kept in reserve to rotate in as needed to replace lost or broken teeth.

Feeding Habits: A tiger shark will eat just about anything, and it is considered to be the most scavingous predator of all sharks. Prey such as fish, turtles, crabs, clams, sharks, mammals and reptiles, it also eats birds that rest on the surface of the ocean such as pelicans and migratory birds.Tiger sharks have also been called the swimming trash cans, these are just some of the things that have been found in a tiger shark's stomachs. Tin cans, shoes, bottles, bolts, license plates, alarm clocks and straw hats.

Attacking Prey: Generally tiger sharks are sluggish but can move quickly when they spot dinner. A tiger shark circles its prey for a long time before attacking. It watches its prey and then bump it with its snout or fin and then it attacks very quickly. The tiger sharks upper jaws are not attached to the skull so when the shark is ready to bite, it can push its jaw forward to grab the food. The shark stabs its prey with its lower teeth, then uses the teeth in both jaws to saw off slabs of meat. It swings its body side to side for more slicing.

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Thu, 2006-11-09 10:25

I don't think that one tiger did that in one bite. I would think the last bite just makes it look like it was the mother of all tigers that did it whilst it was probably a few taking it on the way up. But then again, the oceans a wierd place, especially after seeing those giant squid off NZ fillet that striped marlin on the Wanganella banks DVD.


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Bring out the heavy game

Fri, 2007-06-08 20:08

Bring out the heavy game gear

I have a problem I'm a tackle junkie

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Mon, 2007-07-30 17:44

Man, thats pretty true!! Seriously that is one fudge packing picture, just imagin the size of the other one!

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its on youtube

Sun, 2008-06-29 22:04


its on youtube look at it!

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Sun, 2008-06-29 22:57

around the head you can see rope marks and it looks more like knife cuts not shark teeth that took the rest



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The head is being held out

Tue, 2014-12-23 08:59

The head is being held out away from the guys body - still a big shark butthe way he is holding it makes it appear bigger....