03 Jul '11, 10am

First Cookiecutter Shark Attack on Humans Documented Scientifically

Scientists believe the cookiecutter shark suctions its jaw onto its target, and rotates about its axis to carve out a meal. However, this paper casts doubt on the melon-baller theory, noting that the victim felt pain only very briefly, and did not note any sensation suggesting the shark was rotating its mouth. The paper documents an attack on long-distance swimmer Mike Spalding , who was bitten during an attempt to swim from from the Big Island to Maui across the Alenuihaha Channel. Apparently, the shark first tried to take a snack from the swimmer's chest, but found the pickings slim. As the swimmer was attempting to board a support kayak, the shark found better purchase in his fleshy lower leg. Mike was treated quickly in hospital and recovered well from the attack. Human interactions with cookiecutter sharks are rare, perhaps partly because they feed at night when swimm...

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Scientists believe the cookiecutter shark suctions its jaw onto its target, and rotates about its axis to carve out a meal...

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