Historically, great white sharks go after seals for their higher fat content, but now these apex predators are increasingly attacking otters.
Attacks from great white sharks are now the cause for over 50 percent of otter deaths along the coast of California.
It appears that the sharks aren’t eating the otters, but rather taking ‘exploratory bites’ to determine what the animal is.
In an article from Marine Mammal Science, the researchers said ‘The causes of these trends are unclear, but possible contributing factors include increased white shark abundance and/or changes in white shark behaviour and distribution.”
The phenomenon has experts concerned, as California’s otters are an endangered species.