An eight-year-old sand tiger shark, the largest shark in the tank, has reportedly eaten a smaller five-year-old banded houndshark in an alleged “turf war” at an aquarium in South Korea.
The aftermath of the dispute, which was captured on video, took place at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul.
In the video footage capturing the event, the larger female shark can be seen swimming through the waters of the tank housing it with the smaller male shark hanging out of its mouth. As the video progresses, the bulk of the shark being devoured disappears as it slips into the belly of the beast.
Experts believe that the incident, which took place on Thursday, can be attributed to a territorial dispute.
Sky News reports that the smaller shark’s tail, according to experts, will remain in the larger shark’s mouth for as long as five days and that the body of the smaller shark will eventually be regurgitated–likely within a week–because the larger shark is incapable of digesting it.
While the incident marks the first of its kind at the aquarium, lesser run-ins between sharks have taken place at the aquarium.
The larger of the two sharks reportedly measures in at 7.2 feet in length.
Aquarium worker Oh Tae-Youp was quoted by The Independent as having said that “the shark swallowed the whole body, because they usually eat it all when they bite the head part.”
Tae-Youp also noted that sharks sometimes bite one another “out of astonishment” when they collide.
Sharks have their own territory. However, sometimes when they bump against each other, they bite out of astonishment.
Last year, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy released a video of a seal escaping from the jaws of a great white shark.