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The first observation of a live great white shark Carcharodon carcharias bearing tooth rake marks by an orca Orcinus orca on the left flank is presented. The estimated 3.5-m shark was observed on 7 July, 2017, at Seal Island in False Bay, Western Cape, South Africa. This case provides evidence that great white sharks can survive an attack by an orca.


A. De Maddalena
adjunct professor of vertebrate zoology, M. Sc.



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