A great white shark with huge bite marks on its side has baffled experts locked in debate over what caused the marks.
Diver Jalil Najafov, 40, spotted a giant beast swimming off Isla Guadalupe, Mexico with an unusually serious-looking wound.
Photos taken by the conservationist and filmmaker Jalil stunned not only him but others online who cannot work out what would attack a 15ft predator.
A chilling 2019 documentary has been referenced to suggest that the injury could have been the result of the sinking teeth of a cannibal shark.
Jalil said: “I was really surprised as I have never seen anything like this in my life.
“This bite mark was so huge on a big shark, and I was like, is that real? “I have worked with sharks for many years and have never seen such a big scar before!” His post sparked a debate online with many wondering what could have left such a mark.
Jalil reached out to a number of shark experts but they ruled out that it could have been a wound from mating.
Dr Michael Domeier told him it could have been an attack from another shark, which raises questions to the size of the second beast.
Great white sharks are known for fighting with one another and even going as far as to eat each other.
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The Cannibal Sharks documentary, produced by Professor Mark Meekan for National Geographic in 2019, revealed that all sharks are cannibals.
He said: "It's not just one rogue shark attacking other sharks or even one species of shark attacking other sharks, it's lots of different sharks turning on each other." Images from the documentary look similar to Jalil’s shocking viral snap.
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One gruesome photo from the documentary showed a 12-foot great white almost torn in two by two massive bites.
Talking about the bite, Professor Meekan said: "This is an enormous shark.
"It's 12-feet long but look at the size of that bite, it's absolutely massive.".
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