Kōrero: Sharks and rays

Seals at Shag Point

Seals at Shag Point

There are numerous seal colonies and resting sites along the coast to the north and south of Dunedin, like this one at Shag Point. Seals and other marine mammals are a favoured fodder of great white sharks, which could explain the relatively high rate of attacks on people in this area – when in the water, humans are in effect marine mammals too. The sharks can swallow quite large prey whole – a 90-kilogram fur seal was found in just two pieces in the stomach of a 1,520 kilogram juvenile great white shark in October 2005.

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Photograph by Alastair McLean

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Gerard Hutching, 'Sharks and rays - Shark attacks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/5335/seals-at-shag-point (accessed 11 August 2020)

He kōrero nā Gerard Hutching, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006