The shortfin mako is the fastest-swimming shark.
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- A fisherman hooked a 220-pound decapitated head of a mako shark while fishing for smaller sharks off the coast of Sydney, Australia.
- Trapman Bermagui, also known as Jason, found a marlin bill embedded inside the shark’s head that had apparently been there for “years.”
- Jason says he didn’t see what bit the shark’s head off but that it “must have been impressive.”
A fisherman poses with the severed head of a mako shark which had been decapitated by another creature of the deep.
The shark’s head, gills, and pectoral fins were hauled aboard a boat on a fishing expedition off the east coast of Australia, but its tail and body were completely missing, sparking speculation it was killed by an even bigger mystery sea creature.
Trapman Bermagui, also known as Jason, had been fishing for smaller sharks off the coast of Sydney but instead hooked the 100kg (220-pound) decapitated head of a mako shark.
To Jason’s surprise, he also found a marlin bill embedded inside the shark’s head as he was cutting off the meat.
In a post on Facebook, he said the bill had been wedged inside the head for “years,” proving the “amazing healing powers of the shark.”
He said: “So this was all we got back of this monster mako. Unfortunately we didn’t see what ate it but must of been impressive!!”
“The head was about 100kg. It was a crazy morning of shark fishing.”
“Hoping to catch smaller sharks but just hooked big sharks that got eaten by bigger sharks again.”
Large adult mako sharks can grow 4.5 meters (14 feet) in length and weigh over 500kg (1,100 pounds).
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