What animals prey on sharks? Are sharks actually afraid of these creatures?
Sharks have long been thought of as the masters of the deep. Intimidating and powerful sharks patrol vast ocean waters. Seemingly indestructable, sharks are not often thought of as another animal's prey.
The idea of a giant jellyfish that can overpower a
shark has been casually documented and thrown about in
scientific circles for a long time. Great World Mysteries author Eric Frank Russel transcribed a divers story of what happen out on the water one day. The diver was watching the shark glide along when a giant jellyfish like animal picked that shark for its mid-day meal. A giant, brown, formless creature encompassed the shark with its ameoba-like body. The shark struggled for its life at first but then gave in
to the powerful beast. The jellyfish the descended back into the dark ocen waters. The jellyfish was first thought to be an octopus because of its ragged edge lines but a new theory surfaced when the shark's reaction was noted.
Jellyfish don't all have tentacles, they have nematocysts, bumps found on their tentacles or on their body surface. These nematocysts can cause great pain in animals sometimes paralysis. If the diver's story is accurate, these nematocysts would account for the reason the shark throbbed at first and then succumbed to the creature. The shark may have been paralyzed, unable to defend its self from emminate death. If this account is accurate, the giant jellyfish would definatley be crowned the ruler of the deep.
Jellyfish are one of the simplest creatures. They do
not have brains, rather they function off of nerve reactions that can detect light, chemicals and odors.
They are composed of 95 percent water but also contain
salt and protiens.They propel themselves by contracting their muscles and gliding through the water.
While this story is not confirmed, scientists search
the deep for answers to questions on predators that plague sharks and humans too.