At Home Run Charters provides information on the ocean’s scariest predator. For starters, here’s a little info on what sharks love the most…food.
- Large Bony Fish: Large sharks like makos (one of the catches you’ll find offshore fishing with Home Run Charters!) and tiger sharks prey on large fish like salmon, mackerel, sturgeon, and tuna.
- Small Bony Fish: Mid-sized sharks such as thresher and reef sharks eat small bony fish like anchovies, sardines, and herring. Massive numbers of copper sharks (a.k.a. bronze whalers) follow anchovies as they migrate up the coast of eastern Africa.
- Other Shark Species: Sharks can be cannibals…yikes! Huge sharks such as great whites will eat smaller sharks including dogfish, blacktip sharks, and whitetip reef sharks.
- Seabirds: Unfortunately for seabirds, they like to eat the same things as sharks such as tiger and great whites. In their attempt to catch dinner, the poor seabirds often become the meal themselves.
- Sea Turtles: Larger sharks like great whites and tiger sharks have strong enough teeth to tear a turtle shell open, almost like a can opener.
- Whale Calves: While an adult whale is typically safe from sharks, their calves are not always as lucky. Whale calves are protected by swimming above or beside an adult whale’s head, but if a calf becomes sick or injured, sharks will not miss an opportunity to attack.
- Small Dolphins: Dolphins are incredibly fast and also travel in packs, therefore are protected against sharks and other predators. However, the large and fast tiger shark has been known to catch young or sick dolphins that stray from the pack.
- Stingrays: Hammerheads use their super-powered electro-senses to detect stingrays hidden beneath the sand and the ocean beds.
- Seals: Great whites love to prey on seals for their energy-rich blubber which helps the predator fatten up and gain strength for cold winter months.
- Sea Lions: Sea lions are noisy, cousins of seals and hang in packs called herds or rafts. They tend to spend more time on land and are faster than sharks. Sharks will use an element of surprise to attack a sea lion while it sits at the edge of the water.
Inspired to go on your own deep sea fishing adventure? Give us a call for more information or to schedule an offshore or inshore chartered fishing trip in Venice, LA. We won’t make you swim with the sharks…we swear!