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Common Thresher Shark (Franco Banfi / Photolibrary)

Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Cobras, sharks, lemurs, hermit crabs and more...

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Thresher Shark
(Maura McCarthy)
Scientists suspected that the common thresher shark used its long tail to capture food—and now they have video to prove it. Researchers working off the coast of Southern California with an underwater camera recorded 29 shark strikes. In the 19 successful strikes, a shark swung the upper part of its caudal fin to hit and stun a fish, immobilizing its prey before digging in to eat.

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