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Tue Jan 24, 2023, 09:28 PM

Great White Sharks Are Being Scared From Their Habitat by Just 2 Predators


Great White Sharks Are Being Scared From Their Habitat by Just 2 Predators

NATURE
20 January 2023
ByMICHELLE STARR





There is no sea creature whose name inspires terror rightly or wrongly as much as the great white shark.

With its sleek body optimized for hunting, its sharp teeth, and its (somewhat undeserved) reputation for enjoying human flesh, the great white (Carcharodon carcharias) is widely regarded as one of the ocean's top predators.

And that's true, it is but there's something even the great white fears.

Since 2017, scientists have documented that the sharks have made themselves extremely scarce off the coast of South Africa, where they usually congregate. Initially, the strange disappearance was blamed on human activity, such as overfishing.

But research has confirmed in detail the true culprit: a pair of orcas (Orcinus orca), hunting the sharks and slurping out their delicious, nutritious, vitamin-rich livers.



Once upon a time, the fishing town of Gansbaai on the South African coast was something of a mecca for shark-spotters so heavily populated with the predators that nearby Dyer Island is considered the great white shark capital of the world.

Over the last few years, however, the sharks' presence has been diminishing. ...........(more)

https://www.sciencealert.com/great-white-sharks-are-being-scared-from-their-habitat-by-just-2-predators




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Reply Great White Sharks Are Being Scared From Their Habitat by Just 2 Predators (Original post)
marmar Jan 24 OP
CatWoman Jan 24 #1
I_UndergroundPanther Jan 24 #2
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Carlitos Brigante Jan 24 #3
dmr Jan 24 #5
Carlitos Brigante Jan 24 #6
I_UndergroundPanther Saturday #10
Disaffected Jan 24 #4
I_UndergroundPanther Saturday #11
Disaffected Saturday #13
Woodwizard Jan 25 #7
I_UndergroundPanther Saturday #12
Elessar Zappa Saturday #14
Woodwizard Jan 25 #8
Roisin Ni Fiachra Jan 25 #9
leftyladyfrommo Saturday #15
Brother Buzz Saturday #16

Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 09:38 PM

1. Orcas

the bad asses of the oceans

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 10:20 PM

2. I thought they were going to say cats.

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Response to Carlitos Brigante (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 10:51 PM

5. That kitty made a nervous wreck out of me.

She got lucky the gator turned away.

Why didn't the person with the camera intervene? I mean, I would've made noises and thrown something to break the stand-off. Videoing the two wouldn't have even entered my mind.

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Response to dmr (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 11:40 PM

6. Same reaction I had back in the day when I came across it. "Hey that cat's

real cool and all..... but how about helping out instead? ".

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Response to dmr (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 28, 2023, 09:47 AM

10. Same here

But it shows how bold cats can be.

If Othello tried to fight a gator I would have risked going to grab him away from danger.
It makes me mad some people don't give a crap about cats lives.

Anyway the idiot filmed it.
Cats are fearless tho.
And believe it or not very protective of thier homes and cat parents.

My sister came over when I was not home when I had a different cat years ago and she said he stalked her and growled and hissed at her. She had to leave the letter and get out fast because the cat scared her with his protectiveness . Cats have been known to attack intruders in thier home.

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Response to I_UndergroundPanther (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 10:39 PM

4. Charming.

I wonder how many of those cats wound up injured or dead because someone couldn't resist taking a video of it.

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Response to Disaffected (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 28, 2023, 09:51 AM

11. I dont know

But would I go get my cat if he chased away a bear? Maybe if this was closer to my house I would snatch him and run back inside but bears can outrun me.
Would I have filmed it,No I would have been freaking out trying to get Othello away from that bear and not get attacked.

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Response to I_UndergroundPanther (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 28, 2023, 12:05 PM

13. As would I.

I happened to have a somewhat similar situation where my cat spotted through the window two v large stray Rottweilers on the front lawn. I opened the door to get a better look and maybe help get them back to their owner (they looked friendly enough) when to my horror the cat tore out the door towards the dogs.

The dogs both ran like scared chickens and I never saw them again but I guess they broke out and were just having a romp in the neighbourhood. Anyhow, taking a video rather than retrieving the cat would have been about the last thing I'd have done.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 12:44 AM

7. My cat chester chases deer in our yard.

Our neighbors dog got in his face it won't go near him now he is a big framed 16 LB cat. He is the sweetest with people though, the vet loves him.

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Response to Woodwizard (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 28, 2023, 09:53 AM

12. Cats are no bullshit.

Its amazing how many animals fear an angry protective cat. Glad us cat parents can hang out with cats we love and not be intimidated.

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Response to I_UndergroundPanther (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 28, 2023, 12:09 PM

14. There's a video online somewhere

of one single cat scaring off an entire pack of coyotes.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 08:17 AM

9. Wild orcas are cool, and don't attack humans.

Go orcas!

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 28, 2023, 01:43 PM

15. Orcas have been attacking fishing boats.

I read that they think they are young males that get upset by the engines.

It's really dangerous because the orcas are big enough to be a real threat.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2023, 02:12 PM

16. Killer whale presence leads to white shark desertion of Farallon Island feeding grounds



https://www.pointblue.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019_pubbrief_SharksOrcasFarallones_JorgensenTietsEtAl.pdf

Along the California Coast,
white sharks and killer whales
are top marine predators.
These two species occasionally
come into contact with one
another, but these interactions
mostly go unnoticed by
humans.

On 4 October 1997, Point Blue
Farallon Island biologists
documented a pair of killer
whale females that attacked
and consumed a white shark,
the first time this had been
documented. Only two shark
predations on pinnipeds were
noted for the remainder of the
season, a decline of 95%
compared to previous years. It
was a mystery, though, where
the sharks went

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