A dramatic great white attack on a smaller shark is caught on camera by terrified cage divers
- The dramatic footage was captured by divers off the south coast of South Africa
- Piece of bait is thrown into the water to get attention of the two sharks
- But the larger shark misses the bait and attacks a smaller shark that’s nearby
James Draper For Mailonline
This is the dramatic moment a great white shark is caught on camera attacking a smaller shark as they fight for food.
The fascinating footage was captured by divers in Mossel Bay off the south coast of South Africa.
It shows how both sharks go for a piece of bait that’s been thrown into the water.
The dramatic footage was captured by divers in Mossel Bay off the south coast of South Africa
The larger shark can be seen making its way over to the smaller shark after missing a piece of bait
But as the larger of the two animals fails to snag it, it becomes aggressive and sinks its teeth into the smaller shark nearby.
The incident is said to have shocked the caged divers who saw the attack unfold.
And they agreed that it demonstrates the way a shark’s behaviour can change in a instant.
However, luckily for the smaller shark, it didn’t appear to be too badly injured after the attack.
And one of the divers who filmed the attack said: ‘The smaller shark left the area after the incident.’
BBC wildlife expert Lizzie Daly told MailOnline Travel the clip shows how competitive sharks can be when it comes to food.
The larger shark then takes its frustration out on the smaller shark by sinking its teeth into it
The incident is said to have shocked the caged divers who saw the attack unfold
She explained: ‘Smaller sharks are easily predated by larger sharks.
‘However you have to consider that this footage is taken near a boat with bait so this interaction may more be about competition than anything else.
‘Also from what I can see the other shark isn’t that small in size so again I think this is more about the situation than an attack.
‘It’s hard to know how frequent an interaction like this would happen in the wild, apart from of course before birth where shark embryo cannabalism is common… again all because of competition!’