A great white shark apparently choked on a sea lion and died while trying to eat the hefty creature, said Western Australia’s Department of Fisheries. Onlookers filmed the 13-foot fish thrashing around on the beach as it died, and posted the video up on YouTube.

The great white shark had no signs of injury or disease, said research scientist Rory McAuley, but it did have pieces of sea lion stuck in its throat. The shark died off the coast of Coronation Beach, which is in Western Australia.

“It is possible that the shark was trying to dislodge the blockage. Such a large object may have damaged the shark’s internal organs or impeded water flow into his gills, contributing to his death,” McAuley said. “Alternatively, the shark may have accidentally become stranded in his attempts to get rid of the obstruction.”

However, sharks do not choke the same way mammals do, prompting McAuley to suggest that there might be another reason for the shark’s death. He explained how it could have simply gotten trapped on land, and then suffocated.

“Such a large object may have damaged the shark’s internal organs or impeded water flow into his gills, contributing to his death,” said McAuley. “Alternatively, the shark may have accidentally become stranded in his attempts to get rid of the obstruction.”

The video of the great white shark dying has become an instant hit. Since being posted on YouTube on July 12th, it has received well over 1 million views.

The video can be watched below.

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    […] Shark chokes to death on sea lion as people watch [VIDEO] A great white shark apparently choked on a sea lion and died while trying to eat the hefty creature, said Western Australia's Department of Fisheries. Onlookers filmed the 13-foot fish thrashing around on the beach as it died, and posted the video up … Read more on The Westside Story […]

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  2. bgrnathan

    NO MEAT-EATING ANIMALS EXISTED IN THE BEGINNING

    The Bible teaches in Genesis 1:30 that in the beginning all animals, birds, and insects subsisted on a vegetarian diet. God created a perfect world in the beginning. There was no struggle for survival, no disharmony and fighting among God’s creatures. Suffering and death entered into the world only after man’s sin.

    If there were no meat-eating animals in the beginning, then how do you explain the sharp teeth of dinosaurs? The panda bear, a living species today, has among the sharpest teeth of any creature but it mostly subsists on bamboo. Sharp teeth don’t necessarily mean the animal was carnivorous.

    No doubt, after sin entered the world, the animal world went through many transformations for life in a harsh world, but the world still was not as harsh as it would be after the great flood of Noah’s day.

    Before the world-wide flood, there was no rain on the earth. That’s why mankind never saw a rainbow until after the great flood. How did crops get water? The Bible says in Genesis 2:6 that a mist arose from the earth which watered the whole face of the earth.

    Before the great flood, the entire earth had a warm and temperate climate, even the North and South Poles. This is why fossils of tropical plants and animals have been found in the polar regions of the earth.

    What gave the earth such a temperate climate? The Bible teaches in Genesis 1:7 that there was a great body of water above the sky. This feature would have had a greenhouse effect for the earth so that even the Polar Regions, furthest away from the sun, would have been warm.

    When the great flood occurred, the Bible teaches in Genesis 7:11 that great amounts of water burst from under the earth and together with the water falling from above the sky, the entire earth became inundated with water and even the earth’s land mass started to break and divide. It was this world-wide flood that caused the sudden death and fossilization of animals and plants over all the earth.

    Before the flood there were no great mountains on the earth. The Bible teaches in Psalms 104:8 that God raised great mountains from the earth during the flood so that the flood waters could recede into new ocean basins.

    Before the worldwide flood, Noah was commanded to build an ark to save a remnant of human kind and other land forms of life. According to Genesis 6:14-16, the Ark was at least 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. It was one long box that would be stable and couldn’t capsize or overturn during the ravaging period of the flood.

    Noah wasn’t required to take every animal into the Ark, only two of each “kind,” male and female of the land animals. Many of the sea animals would have been able to survive through the flood. The first pair of dogs in the Ark would have carried the recessive and dominant genes for producing all the varieties of dogs we have today. The same would be the case with all the other animals. God says in Genesis 1 ten different times that all life must reproduce after its “kind.” We know from science that there are genetic limits to biological variations in natural species. A dog will always be a dog no matter how many varieties come into being. The genetic and biological similarities between all forms of life are due to a common Designer (God) Who designed similar functions for similar purposes in all of the various forms of life.

    What about “Junk DNA?” It’s not junk.
    It’s we who were ignorant of their usefulness. These so-called
    “non-coding” segments of DNA have recently been shown to be vital in
    regulating gene expression (i.e. when, where, and how genes are expressed, so
    they’re not “junk”). Even more recent scientific evidence shows that
    they do code for proteins, after all, and that we need to readjust our thinking
    of how the cell reads the genetic code (Read “Human Proteome More Complex
    Than Previously Thought,” Internet article by Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins). Read
    my popular Internet article: HOW FORENSIC SCIENCE REFUTES ATHEISM

    God created all species, including micro-organisms, as complete and fully functioning from the very beginning. They couldn’t survive any other way. A partially-evolved species wouldn’t be fit for survival. Darwinian evolutionary theory would have us believe that, by random forces of nature, partially-evolved species came into existence along with partially-evolved skin, muscles, nerves, tissues, organs and then survived over millions of years as they eventually became complete. What utter nonsense!

    What about natural selection? Natural selection doesn’t produce biological traits or variations. Natural selection has limits because it can only “select” from biological variations that are possible and which have survival value.

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    Author of the popular Internet article, TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF HELL EVOLVED FROM GREEK ROOTS

    The author, Babu G. Ranganathan, has his bachelor’s degree with concentrations in theology and biology and has been recognized for his writings on religion and science in the 24th edition of Marquis “Who’s Who in The East.”

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    • NoTea

      If all animals were vegetarians, where did the sharks get their salads? And based on the measurements in the Bible, there wasn’t enough room for even one brontosaurus, let alone two. Did Noah make them backstroke next to the boat?

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      • Doug

        I guess your unaware that even brontosaurus start off small. The assumption that all the creatures on the Ark had to be fully grown is a stawman argument and should be put to bed.

      • NoTea

        So…they were teeny tiny little brontos? Well what about the sharks? Or are you going to tell me that in the olden days carrots could swim until the sharks hunted them all down, lol.

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