Researchers are trying to figure out what supersized creature ate a nine-foot-long shark, and a new documentary chronicles their exploration.
Scientists say that they had placed a tracking device inside of the great white shark to track its movements for a study, but they were completely stunned when the device washed up on shore in Australia only four months later. When they went to analyze that data on the device, researchers say they discovered that there was a very sudden rise in temperature as well as a sharp plunge of 1,902 feet.
Based on their findings, researchers have determined that the great white shark, measuring at nine feet long, was eaten by a mysterious creature that is much larger in size. The scientists are basing this theory on the idea that the change in temperature falls in line with being swallowed by another creature.
Now, the startling case is examined in an upcoming documentary called “Hunt For The Super Predator” that was put together by the Smithsonian Institute. The filmmaker, Dave Riggs, says he was shocked to learn that the device had washed up on shore.
“When I was first told about the data that came back from the tag that was on the shark, I was absolutely blown away,” said Riggs. “The question that not only came to my mind but everyone’s mind who was involved was, ‘what did that?’ It was obviously eaten. What’s gonna eat a shark that big? What could kill a [9-foot] great white?”
The upcoming documentary will take a much deeper look into the idea that a massive super shark exists, and Riggs hopes that they’ll be able to figure out exactly what it is sooner rather than later.