Live dissection of great white shark today
For the first time ever, a live dissection of a great white shark happened on webcam today on in front of 1,500 people in Auckland New Zealand.
The young female shark weighed 300 kg and viewers got a first hand look at her muscular lining, huge liver, and stomach contents. Her stomach contained a fish hook, some digested fish skull, and tapeworm.
But was this a scientific excercise or a publicity stunt?
For the first time ever, a great white shark will be dissected live on video and beamed around the world for anyone to watch, so that scientists and anyone can learn a little more about the diet of this predator of the deep.
Remember that scene in Jaws when Richard Dreyfuss cuts open the shark and finds a car license plate and a crushed tin? Well, now scientists will get their first look inside a real great white.
The live dissection will take place this Thursday January 8th at an amphitheatre outside Auckland, New Zealand. It will be streamed on the Auckland Museum website and is estimated to be watched by about 1,000 people live and millions more online.
Scientists are hoping the this will allow people to learn more about one of the most feared animals in the whole ocean. They will look at stomach content and the rest of the internal organs.
Although great white sharks are known to be man-eaters – with attacks taking place off Australia – little is known about their diet. Scientists are expecting to find remnants of birds, fish and marine mammals like seals.
The shark, an adolescent female which measures 10ft and weighs 660 pounds, was accidentally caught by a local fisherman after it had become entangled in a gill net in Auckland's Kaipara Harbour on Monday last week.
The museum will keep the jaws for display after the dissection is over.