These shocking photographs show the body of great white shark after it choked to death on a turtle off Japan.
The grisly images show the 4,500 lbs creature splattered in blood while the front of its prey remains locked between its terrifying jaws. Fisherman Greg Vella posted the pictures online on Friday and explained that the lifeless shark was discovered caught up in netting.
He said: ‘I was out commercial “Ken Ken” style fishing for tuna when I heard chatter on the radio that there was a white shark swimming around with a big sea turtle in is mouth.
‘People started to joke about it, so I did not pay it any more attention. Then next day, it was found dead, near the bait receivers, tangled in some netting.’
The fisherman added: ‘The captains I interviewed who saw the mighty shark the day before, said it looked close to death, as it could not dislodge the giant turtle.
The photographs have been shared more than nine thousand times so far and have received more than seven thousand likes.
While the great white shark was obviously one that could strike fear into the heart of any fisherman – weighing around 4,500lbs (just over 2,000kg) – it isn’t the biggest to hit the ocean waters.
That title belongs to the enormous predator named Deep Blue who is up to 50 years old, weights 2.5 tons and measures 20ft long. Last spotted in Hawaii earlier this year, the beast had a tracker fitted in 2013 when swimming in Mexico to allow divers to identify it.
The shark got her name from Discovery Channel diver Mauricio Hoyos Padilla, who swam with the creature as part of a Shark Week documentary.
Great whites, the largest predatory fish on earth, typically grow to 15 feet in length, with some, like Deep Blue, exceeding 20 feet in length and weighing up to 5,000 pounds, according to National Geographic.