The great white shark may be considered by many as one of the ocean’s scariest predators, but let us introduce you to another contender: the thresher shark.
The thresher shark, found in tropical areas, uses both its teeth and tail to attack its prey.
In an exclusive clip from Ninja Sharks, a special premiering Wednesday night during Discovery’s annual Shark Week TV event, experts profile the thresher shark as a predator that’s developed unique adaptations to aide them as a beast of prey.
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In the clip, a team of shark experts travel to the Philippines on a month-long shark expedition to study the breed.
The predator, which is “perfectly designed to devastate its prey,” feeds on small sardines through a unique method – they whip their tails back and forth (seriously).
The sharks have an elongated tail which grows up to six feet, or nearly half the fish’s total body length. The shark whips its tail into fish schools, reaching a speed of 50 mph, to separate its dinner from the pack.
The Ninja Sharks special, which also profiles five other unique predators, airs on Discovery at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.
Shark Week continues through July 12.