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Moose-eating shark saved from choking

Posted on Tuesday, 26 November, 2013 | Comment icon 17 comments

Moose aren't a typical meal for a shark. Image Credit: Hagerty Ryan / USFWS
Two men in Newfoundland have been credited with saving a shark from choking to death on a moose.
Sharks have something of a reputation for taking a bite out of almost anything, but one unfortunate Greenland shark bit off more than it could chew when it tried to feast upon a chunk of moose meat that ended up getting wedged in its throat.

Derrick Chaulk and Jeremy Ball came across the creature lying on its back on a beach near Norris Arm in Newfoundland. Initially believing it to be a beached whale, they took a closer look only to find that it was a shark with a huge piece of meat and fur sticking out of its mouth.

Rather than leaving the shark to its fate the two men decided to try and help it by pulling out the obstruction and then tying a rope to its tail so that they could tow it back in to deeper water. "It was a good feeling to see that shark swim out, knowing that you saved his life," said Derrick.

It is believed that the moose meat the shark tried to eat had been thrown in to the water by people who had been cleaning carcasses on the shoreline nearby.

Source: National Post | Comments (17)

Tags: Shark, Moose

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by Spiritus Spacium on 27 November, 2013, 4:50
Very good vibes, THIS is news
Comment icon #9 Posted by joc on 27 November, 2013, 5:46
I couldn't help but think about our soldiers during the Shock And Awe of Iran. It is about the last twenty seconds of the video that I thought about as I read the story...It's what we do..We're Americans! Americans certainly don't have a monopoly on good deeds well done....it was the bravery and the empathy for the shark...remarkable really...you just gotta watch the video to know what I'm talking about. Talk about good vibes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLOjIKt7wOk
Comment icon #10 Posted by Cherry- on 27 November, 2013, 10:22
Yay to humanity
Comment icon #11 Posted by Junior Chubb on 27 November, 2013, 11:58
A mousse eating shark would have been so much more entertaining...
Comment icon #12 Posted by Taun on 27 November, 2013, 12:20
Poor moose.... I wonder if it was a relative?...
Comment icon #13 Posted by libstaK on 27 November, 2013, 13:19
It's the shark that gets to decide what size moose it eats next - how does all this compassion fit in with knowing it is now fit and ready to kill again? What's that you say? It's just nature? So is biting off more than you can chew and paying the price - might be nature's way of letting others live - just saying.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Sundew on 27 November, 2013, 19:29
Forget the shark, I'll eat the mousse, chocolate of course!
Comment icon #15 Posted by Junior Chubb on 27 November, 2013, 19:57
What about shark fin mousse?
Comment icon #16 Posted by joc on 27 November, 2013, 21:05
Kind of like when they cleaned up the Otter after an oil spill...upon setting it free...it became a lunch snack for a passing Killer Shark...one never knows does one?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Professor T on 29 November, 2013, 6:49
Awesome.. It's great to see that some people still have compassion for nature in all it's forms.. Take a bow humanity..

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