Photo Credit:“White shark (Carcharodon carcharias) scavenging on whale carcass – journal.pone.0060797.g004-A” by Fallows C, Gallagher AJ, Hammerschlag N (2013) – Fallows C, Gallagher AJ, Hammerschlag N (2013) White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) Scavenging on Whales and Its Potential Role in Further Shaping the Ecology of an Apex Predator. PLoS ONE 8(4): e60797. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0060797. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons
He kicked frantically with his trembling right leg, while rows of razor sharp teeth, punctuated by ominous, vacant eyes staring eerily into his own, from a prehistoric leviathan inhabiting the water’s murky depths, ripped off the other one beneath the impotence of his gulping, partially submerged screams. In a moment’s reflection, perhaps from the safety of a parallel universe, he marveled at the haunting, majestic beauty of this perilous passerby; this creature whose genus has survived since a time before the dinosaur; with relatives ranging from a mere eight inches to a whopping 60 feet. Was he really admiring that shark right now, the toothy titan that had just chewed off his lower left limb, while growing faint and bleeding out? Indeed he was, and there was something about his capacity for appreciating his assailant under such circumstances that he liked about himself.