The shark may be the most badass creature in the water, and considered a killing machine, but there are things lurking deep in the oceans that don’t mind taking on a shark and even defeat it! From the king of whales to the legendary giant tentacle monster, here are 10 Animals That Could Defeat a Shark! Let’s begin:
In the ocean, both the great white shark and the killer whale or orca are fearsome top predators. But according to a study, the killer whale may be the more formidable one! In 2009, a group of researchers noticed something odd: 17 of their tagged white sharks had been regularly feeding on elephant seals. But when orcas from two different pods arrived in the same areas as the great while, not staying for too long, all 17 sharks disappeared within the next eight hours. Most of them didn’t return until the next season several months later. That shows us how fearsome the killer whale actually is. The diet of orcas often includes Cow sharks. Cow shark carcasses without livers have also washed ashore near Cape Town, South Africa, and again, this followed nearby orca sightings. Orca is 3 times the size of a great while and weighs nearly 9000 pounds. Sharks know not to mess with this ocean beast at any cost!
Up next, we have the predator that is the Sea lampreys. This is an Agnathans, or fish who lack a jaw. Although they are classified in the subphylum Vertebrata, they actually lack a vertebrae and their entire skeleton is made out of cartilage- similar to a shark. Commonly known for their smooth, cylindrical bodies, they are often confused for eels. But just because this animal lacks a jaw doesn’t mean it’s a meek little thing. Sea lampreys are the largest and most aggressive species of lamprey and can get up to 1 meter (3 ft) in length as adults, weighing up to 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg). Sea lampreys are extreme predators as they attach themselves to other fish and start drilling a hole in it with their weirdly shaped mouth. The lamprey has been responsible for the extinction of different species. Sea lampreys often attach themselves to a shark and start drilling inside. That results in a hole and stoppage of the fish’s blood clotting. These are extremely dangerous animals and a group of them can take down even the great white shark!
This video should be enough to convince you that octopuses are nothing to mess with! Although the likelihood of conflict is low, observations have found that octopuses can be aggressive if their territory is threatened. The folks at the Seattle Aquarium learned a valuable lesson when they made a pacific giant octopus share a tank with sharks. What didn’t occur to them was whether the spiny dogfish sharks in the tank would be okay in the presence of the clever creature until… they started finding shark corpses on the bottom of the tank. On putting up a camera in the tank to solve the mystery, they encountered some shocking footage. The octopus completely obliterated the shark by grabbing and killing it. Hope the aquarium learns a lesson from this.
Did you know Hippopotamus is Greek for “river horse”? The animal has been known since ancient times. Hippopotamuses are often seen basking on the banks or sleeping in the waters of rivers, lakes, and swamps next to grasslands. The hippo has a bulky body on stumpy legs and an enormous head. The body is so dense that they can walk underwater, where they can hold their breath for five minutes. Hippos are aggressive and are considered very dangerous. They have large teeth and tusks that they use for fighting off threats, including humans. Sometimes, their young fall victim to adult hippos' tempers. In Africa, the hippo causes the most fatalities among all other animals, even though the continent is filled with vicious crocs and other animals. Hippos are bad swimmers so it’s very unlikely to ever face off a shark, but when they do, a hippo's weight and bite force of 2000 pounds per inch(psi) can cause serious damage to the shark! A small bull shark once swam daringly close to a family of hippos. The water was very muddy and the shark started bumping into the hippo which caused them to start attacking the shark. It was barely able to get away alive!
In the video below, you can see Unbelievable – Octopus Can Swallow Large Sharks You’ve Never Seen
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