Sharks and whales

From: Phil Clapham (
Date: Thu Apr 20 2000 - 11:51:38 EDT


The only times that sharks have been seen attacking whales (and it's on
very few occasions) is newborn calves. There was a case with a humpback
whale calf being eaten by tiger sharks in Hawaii a few years ago, and we
don't know how much they ate but quite a lot of it probably. Killer
whales also attack large whales sometimes, probably also calves mosty,
and they probably eat a lot of the animal!


Meredith Tufts wrote:
> Thank you so much for answering my question. I have another one it is : do
> sharks eat the whales entirely or just bit their tails a lot?
> Thanks,
> Meredith


Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D. Large Whale Biology Program Northeast Fisheries Science Center 166 Water Street Woods Hole, MA 02543

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