Watch This Shark Choke to Death on Australian Sea Lion

July 18, 2014 5:15 PM

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Watch This Shark Choke to Death on Australian Sea Lion

A great white shark that washed ashore apparently choked to death while trying to gulp down a large sea lion, Western Australia's Department of Fisheries said Thursday. The 13-foot-long shark, whose thrashings were caught on a viral video, showed no signs of injury or disease, principal research scientist Rory McAuley said. But investigators did find the sea lion stuck in the shark's throat.

"This could explain why the shark was exhibiting such unusual behavior in shallow waters off Coronation Beach. ... Such a large object may have damaged the shark's internal organs or impeded water flow into his gills, contributing to his death," McAuley said in a statement. "Alternatively, the shark...

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