Great white shark chokes on sea lion in amazing video taken on Coronation Beach near Geraldton, Australia

A great white shark found that biting off more than you can chew can have serious consequences – when it choked to death on a sea lion.

An extraordinary video and series of images, taken at Coronation Beach near Geraldton in west Australia, show the shark thrashing about in discomfort as it tries to dislodge its meal.

After the clip went viral, research scientist Dr Rory McAuley from Fisheries Department investigated the four-metre predator for injury or disease, but instead found a large sea lion stuck in its throat.

Watch: Incredible moment great white shark chokes to death on sea lion
The shark’s behaviour confused onlookers but it was later found the shark had a sea lion lodged in its throat (Picture: Fisheries WA)

‘This could explain why the shark was exhibiting such unusual behaviour in shallow waters off Coronation Beach. It is possible that the shark was trying to dislodge the blockage,’ he told WAToday.

‘Such a large object may have damaged the shark’s internal organs or impeded water flow into his gills, contributing to his death.

‘Alternatively, the shark may have accidentally become stranded in his attempts to get rid of the obstruction.’

Tash Tapper, who filmed the footage, called the experience ‘surreal’, adding that the unfortunate shark’s ordeal lasted almost two hours.

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