Incredible footage has emerged showing a menacing great white shark hunting a stingray at a popular tourist beach.
Lewis Loughlin, based at Maroubra in Sydney’s east, spotted the feared ocean predator stalking its prey at Sussex Inlet on the NSW south coast on Sunday morning.
Loughlin filmed the epic encounter with a drone, where the ravenous shark could be seen pursuing the stingray just metres from the shore.
Following a few failed attempts, the persistent great white eventually nabs its target, consuming the ray in a brutal display of ocean dominance before moving into deeper water.
The great white could be seen moving in on the stingray, only to be thwarted by a wave breaking
Loughlin later described the scene to his Instagram followers.
‘This spectacular behaviour is called breaching,’ he said.
‘Great white sharks often breach in order to catch fast-moving prey.’
At the time of the attack, the great white was just 10 metres from the shore, with a number of surfers on the nearby south point none the wiser.
Typically, juvenile white sharks feed on bottom-dwelling fish such as flathead.
As they reach full maturity, great whites then often turn their attention to larger prey such as dolphins, sea lions and other sharks.
Great whites also tend not to eat humans whole as they have too many bones. Their preferred method of attack is one savage mauling, which can often be fatal for the victim.
The reason for the bite is often due to curiosity, with the great white using its razor sharp teeth similar to the way humans use their hands.
The persistent shark continued to stalk its prey, with the outcome inevitable for the stingray
Eventually the fearsome great white nabbed the stingray, before moving out into deeper water
HOW TO BEST AVOID SHARK BITES
*Don’t go into the water alone
*Don’t go in the water at dawn or dusk
*Don’t swim where there are lots of fish
*Don’t go into the water wearing jewellery that can catch the light
*Don’t swim where people are fishing
*Avoid splashing at the surface
Source: Dr Gavin Naylor, Professor for Shark Research at Florida University
Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News