Southern Right Whale Excites Scientists

Date: 16/09/2013

A rare southern right whale covered in shark bites washed up on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, an area known for great white sharks.
The carcass is estimated at 12 metres long and weighing up to 50 tonnes. ‘There are huge shark bites taken out of it,’ said the South Australian Museum’s curator and senior mammal researcher Catherine Kemper. ‘The question is, did it die first and then the shark had a meal, or did it die from the shark bites? It’s a rare occurrence to get an adult-sized southern right whale and we are very keen to get hold of it. They are classified as endangered in Australia.

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