Sharks are not discriminating eaters with a sophisticated palate – they’ll eat anything available regardless of whether or not they killed it themselves. Recent studies have shown that deepwater sharks will actually consume other dead sharks and discarded items thrown from commercial fishing vessels. “The increased opportunities for scavenging provided by fishing may benefit the growth and reproduction of the sharks, increasing their population size.”
Sometimes! Sharks will eat things that are already dead (and sometimes things like coal and clothing that they find in the water), but in general they have no problem killing their own food, even larger sea animals like dolphins and sea lions. There are some species that eat things like clams and crabs instead of fish and seals, which is a little closer to scavenging.
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