Fisherman catch huge shark only to discover its been eaten alive by monster

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A dramatic video shows fishermen pals catching a whopper of a shark – with an added surprise when they reel it in.

Sammy Hitzke and his friend Shaun Whale, from Australia, struggled with the thresher shark for four-and-a-half hours before eventually landing it on the boat.

They were staggered to discover its body completely chewed up.

In a video, posted on Sammy’s YouTube, he hauls in the dead shark and says: "There he is. It’s big and long.

"It’s a shark. It looks like the shark has been sharked. I don’t know what's going on there. It’s a massive thresher."

The fishermen were stunned when they hauled the shark onboard to discover most of its body was missing due to being attacked and eaten by another predator.

Sammy said: "This is epic, proper epic. He’s got three-quarters of himself missing. That is a proper monster of the deep."

Later Shaun described the half-eaten catch as the "find of a lifetime".

He said: "I’m absolutely exhausted but this might be the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in the ocean,

"I’ve done a lot of fishing, spent a lot of time out on the big blue, and not once did I think I’d find a thresher shark eaten by something that, I imagine, was absolutely massive.

Meanwhile, other people reckoned it might have been a squid responsible for the death and mauling of the thresher shark.

"The shark appears to have been attacked by a giant squid. The damage doesn't look like it was done by another shark," said one.

Someone else wrote: "Could have been a shark that originally chomped the thresher, but there was 100% squid involvement at some point because sharks don't leave just the backbone like that."

Thresher sharks are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the World Conservation Union.

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