The Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) also known as the Zambezi Shark, is commonly known to inhabit warm waters along coastlines; as well as rivers and estuaries leading from salt water. Many scientists worldwide have concluded that the Bull Shark, rather than the Great White Shark, is much to blame for deadly and non-deadly attacks on humans.
On Sunday, March 30th, 2014, a beached Bull Shark was found on the coast of Mayan Riviera, Mexico. Several tourists and onlookers reported the Bull Shark discovery to local authorities; immediately a team of personnel that included security, marine biologists, local animal advocates and area fishermen responded. The Bull Shark was taken to the Oceanography Center For Advanced Studies, (OCFAS) in Cancun.
The (6′ 3″, 185 pound, 5 ounce) Bull Shark is a male and was very near to adult age. Initially, marine biologists were uncertain as to why this Bull Shark would beach itself, with marine biologist, Dr. Doronea Valazquez stating: “It’s a rare occurrence to see such a visibly healthy Bull Shark beach itself in this manner.” What Dr. Valazquez and her peers later found that day, within the abdomen of this Bull Shark, is even more bizarre.
Above: remains of stereo cabinet speaker and its parts, found in Bull Shark’s abdomen.
A (approximate) 3′ x 2′ stereo speaker cabinet was found to be inside the abdomen of the Bull Shark. with the actual wooden cabinet of the speaker to be (still) nearly intact. Could the swallowing of such a large and non-digestive object been the reason for this sea creature’s demise? Dr. Valazquez explained further: “Normally, the diet of any Shark species varies across the marine life spectrum, dependent on the food sources within a respective ecosystem; only a digestive abnormality such as a large stereo speaker cabinet is not one of them, therefore, the lodging of such an object inside the abdomen of this Bull Shark has certainly caused its death through a slow suffocation process.”
Dr. Valazquez added: “Just how, why and where this Bull Shark swallowed such a large, life threatening object is incidental. I feel terrible, no living creature should perish in such a horrific manner. Nonetheless, I will bring this stereo speaker cabinet and its remaining parts home, to my son, so he can mess around with it. He’s talented at fixing all kinds of strange shit and this could pose a unique challenge to him.”
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