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Cookie Cutter Shark
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Uploader comment: The smallest shark in the world (atleast that's what I heard) and is able to kill a whale. It bites the bite and the whale never notices. Then without ever knowing, The whale bleeds to death.

Image status: EXPLAINED With its unusual appearance this shark can be found in waters all over the world.


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Comment icon #17 Posted by Tsuchinoko on 4 August, 2013, 21:12
Mystic Wolf,we have to let these things happen it's the food chain.But if people do it we have to stop it.
Comment icon #16 Posted by cassiebabe on 14 July, 2008, 5:29
The Cookie-cutter Shark is named after the cookie-shaped wounds that it leaves on the bodies of larger animals it attaches itself to its prey with its suctorial lips, and then spins to cut out a cookie-shaped plug of flesh from the larger animal.
Comment icon #15 Posted by cvicarsaf on 26 June, 2008, 4:12
it's head looks like a cocnut
Comment icon #14 Posted by wraithgod on 13 October, 2007, 20:49
The smallest shark is a type of dogfish. Cookie cutters cannot bite deep enough to kill a whale. I have heard that whales do not notice the bite due to the thickness of their blubber and the sharpness of the teeth, much as cattle cannot feel the bite of a vampire bat.
Comment icon #13 Posted by darklady on 1 October, 2007, 18:47
How could a shark that small bite into a major artery or vein? PAST all the blubber? Yeah... that doesn't make sense...
Comment icon #12 Posted by necrochildk on 29 August, 2007, 8:51
From what I've read in books, cookie cutter sharks don't kill whales. They can't even cut deep enough for it to bleed, they just cut out a little disc of blubber and swim away, the whale pretty much unharmed and not noticing. Whales get pock marks and slashes all the time that just barely scrape the surface of their blubber. They're tough cookies and one of these little guys, while to some a bit disturbing in image, could never really harm one.
Comment icon #11 Posted by rasec_wizzlbang on 10 August, 2007, 7:49
It doesn't kill the whale. the Cookie cutter will just bite off a mouthful of flesh and swim off.
Comment icon #10 Posted by ravenlady13 on 23 June, 2007, 14:23
Well, going with the "mosquito" analogy- would it really be possible for a whale to reach around and swat one of these, like we do when we're skeeter-bit?
Comment icon #9 Posted by jmugendpowerm on 20 October, 2006, 19:57
not lying look it up foryouself one of those things actualy sank a sub
Comment icon #8 Posted by undefined_innocence on 19 October, 2006, 5:57
Cookie Cutter Shark bites are RARLY fatal. And just like when we know we are bitten by a bug.. the 'victim' of this little shark knows that it is bitten.
Comment icon #7 Posted by ziggen on 13 August, 2006, 7:05
close but no cigar. the cookie cutter is not the smallest.. but is one of the smaller ones of the deep. and they don't generally kill whales.. but they are very sneaky with the way they feed.
Comment icon #6 Posted by lady darkness on 11 August, 2006, 23:56
It looks kinda plastic around the teeth area... maybe it's a small house lizzard (gecko) with false teeth.
Comment icon #5 Posted by lkayn on 28 July, 2006, 9:30
Captain_Geek, the cookie cutter shark will bite the whale multiple times for food...x_x
Comment icon #4 Posted by captain_geek on 12 July, 2006, 1:56
I don't think a whale would bleed to death from one little bite. More than likely, the whale gets eaten by a swarm of sharks attracted to the now bleeding whale. Afterall, how many people bleed to death from moswuito bites?
Comment icon #3 Posted by steven b on 11 July, 2006, 21:25
i think its bassenian...but i would never trust a shark to be a cookie cutter.. greedy little snot might eat the dough...
Comment icon #2 Posted by crypto-dude on 11 July, 2006, 4:41
It is not the world smallest shark. There are many kinds of shark that are kept in fishbowls all over America. I once had a Bassinian (hope I spelt that right) shark.
Comment icon #1 Posted by mystic-wolf on 10 July, 2006, 11:04
Thats sad about the whale bleeding to death and not knowing it...Lets go cookie cutter shark hunting and save the whales! Evil looking little thing isn't it...
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