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Victory to the Shaggy

Posted by Richard Conniff on February 16, 2012

Carpet shark swallows a bamboo shark whole (courtesy Tom Mannering)

We like to believe that victory belongs to the sleek and the strong.  But sometimes being shaggy and obscure works better.  Daniela Ceccarelli and David Williamson, from the  Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, were doing research on the Great Barrier Reef when they spotted the spectacle of one shark swallowing another whole.

Bamboo sharks, looking as slick and smooth as an Apple product, forage for food by nosing into nooks and crannies along the bottom.  Carpet sharks, by contrast, are shaggy, camouflaged creatures that lie on the bottom and do nothing.  (Think of them as Microsoft products.)

But when dinner comes to them, they snap it up.


2 Responses to “Victory to the Shaggy”

  1. Tod Highsmith said

    And, as usual when going up against Apple, it looks like Microsoft bit off more than it can chew.

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