Laelaps

SNAP!

Anyone who has spent time watching Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” knows how frightening sharks can be when biting into their prey. Their jaws are not attached their their skull, allowing the jaws to come forwards and out in the process of biting (the lower jaw often coming up first to impale prey before the upper teeth crash down to do their dirty work). I have never seen any bite quite as grotesquely impressive as that of the goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni), though;


Comments

  1. Wow crazy cool slow motion.

    I just posted my recent shark encounter at the Auckland Aquarium, but sadly it wasn’t feeding time when I was there.

  2. #2 TomJoe
    July 21, 2008

    Freaky looking creature. The diversity of species that can be found on the planet is amazing.

  3. #3 Amanda
    July 21, 2008

    WHOA! Just…whoa…wow….that is SO COOL.

  4. #4 themadlolscientist, FCD
    July 23, 2008

    Woooooaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh……. TOO freekin’ BIZARRE! Reminded me a little bit of the original “Alien,” with the smaller set of jaws extending out from the main set.

    It also occurs to me that when you’ve got a snout that long, maybe you do need to be able to stick your whole mouth out to get a bite of something!

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