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November 26, 2013

Shark Chokes on Moose

Greenland shark's eyes were too big for his stomach, saved by passersby

Not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving with turkey. This shark had its big meal a bit early — a moose as the main course.

According to CBC News, two men on Newfoundland's northeast coast rescued a Greenland shark from choking to death on a large piece of moose hide. 

One of the men, Derrick Chaulk said he spotted the shark while driving down by the harbour in Norris Arm North. Chaulk got out of his car and went closer to investigate to find an estimated 250-pound Greenland shark with a chunk of moose hanging out of its mouth.

Chaulk told the CBC, "It [the moose] had the fur and all the liner on it — it was about two feet long, maybe."

Chaulk said another local man, Jeremy Ball, came on the scene and starting pulling on the moose chunk.

"A couple yanks and it just came right out." 

The two men revived the Greenland shark by pushing the shark back into the water, they said the water started coming out of its gills and it started breathing. 

Greenland sharks are one the largest living species of shark. This species was in the top three on our Biggest Fish Ever Caught list (1,078-pounder). It also known to be attracted to the smell of rotting meat in the water — this time, a moose.

As far as how the moose came to the jaws of the Greenland shark, Chaulk speculated that hunters clean and gut moose on a nearby bank of land and throw scraps in the water. 

Hopefully, the shark will learn his lesson that Bullwinkle may not go down easy.