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Cookie Cutter Shark

Posted on Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Uploaded by American Chupacabra
Cookie Cutter Shark
Image credit: NOAA

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.


Recent comments on this image
Comment icon #10 Posted by mystic-wolf on 7/10/2006
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...
Comment icon #9 Posted by crypto-dude on 7/11/2006
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 #8 Posted by steven b on 7/11/2006
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 #7 Posted by captain_geek on 7/12/2006
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 #6 Posted by lkayn on 7/28/2006
Captain_Geek, the cookie cutter shark will bite the whale multiple times for food...x_x
Comment icon #5 Posted by lady darkness on 8/11/2006
It looks kinda plastic around the teeth area... maybe it's a small house lizzard (gecko) with false teeth.
Comment icon #4 Posted by ziggen on 8/13/2006
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 #3 Posted by undefined_innocence on 10/19/2006
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 #2 Posted by jmugendpowerm on 10/20/2006
not lying look it up foryouself one of those things actualy sank a sub
Comment icon #1 Posted by ravenlady13 on 6/23/2007
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?
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