Tiny sharks munch on dolphins

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Dolphins and sharks are by no means friends. In fact, after humans, sharks are probably the #1 killer of dolphins in the wild. But not all sharks are deadly – and some species of shark , like the cookie cutter shark, would prefer that their dolphin victims stay alive after an attack. The cookie cutter shark is a relatively small shark, and it makes its living by biting off small chunks of its victim’s flesh – usually in a circular pattern. By taking out a painful but not necessarily fatal plug of flesh from a dolphin, the shark will get its meal, and the dolphin will live to see another day, and possibly provide a second meal to the shark the next time it gets hungry.

Cookie Cutter Shark Bite on a Dolphin: 

 

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