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The Science Behind: A Shortfin Mako's Last Meal
“You can find all kinds of things in a shark stomach,” says NOAA Fisheries scientist Antonella Preti, who has dissected more than
2,000 swordfish and shark stomaches. Oh we can just imagine—well, if you’re gutsy enough, you don’t have to just imagine it. Watch our new video as we follow Preti performing a gut analysis on a shortfin mako shark weighing in at 1,323 pounds and 12 feet long. Maybe you think seal is the only thing sharks want to eat these days, but guess again. Our scientists will show you there was something different on the menu for this shark. We gather this kind of information on sharks so we can get a better sense about how creatures in the ocean are interrelated. Learn more when you watch the video below.
You can talk to Antonella Preti live on Twitter during this year's NOAA Fisheries Shark Week tweet chat on August 8 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Join the conversation and ask her anything you want to know about sharks.
It takes guts to be a scientist. See what we mean below and visit NOAA Fisheries YouTube channel to watch more videos.
What is a mako shark’s typical diet?
Are sharks warm or cold-blooded?
Are there other ways to study what a shark eats besides looking in their stomachs?
Do all sharks have the same shape of teeth?
For stomach dissections and analysis, would NOAA Fisheries ever target the largest sharks in the ocean for its research?
After a shark eats something as big as a seal or a sea lion, how does the shark pass the head/skull?