Nature’s Comedy: Bird’s Epic Poop Saves It from Great White Shark Attack

Written by Angie Menjivar
Updated: August 30, 2023
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Key Points:

  • Great white shark attacks are fewer in number than people assume, and there are not many fatal ones. They would far prefer eating a seal to a human.
  • Great white sharks are capable of reaching speeds of up to 35 mph in short bursts, which enables them to breach.
  • Watch the video below, where it appears that a cormorant repels a great white’s advances by pooping in its face.

Sometimes, the body does something funny. Whether it’s fear or a deliberate attack, the body of a cormorant in the water decides pooping is the best action. Turns out, it was right! Watch the video at the bottom of the page to see how a great white shark reacts to a cormorant’s waste!

Myths and Misconceptions About Great White Sharks

Great white sharks are often depicted as savage, man-eating monsters but they’re not. Their attacks are few, and there are even less fatal ones. They don’t prefer human meat. Perhaps their favorite animal to snack on is a seal. Humans are a lot more likely to die from a mosquito bite than from a shark attack.

White shark, cage / great white shark swims around the cage
Contrary to what many people think, great white shark attacks aren’t common, and fatal ones are rare.

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Another myth is that all great white sharks look exactly the same. However, if you know what you’re looking for, you can spot so many differences among different great white sharks. They also behave differently. That just further proves they have their own distinct personalities.

How Fast Can a Great White Shark Swim?

In short bursts, great white sharks can reach up to 35 miles per hour. These huge fish are excellent swimmers, and they have to be because they have to migrate long distances. Their ability to move so fast in the water is also why they can breach.

Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) breaching in an attack. Hunting of a Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias). South Africa
Breaching enables the great white shark to ambush unsuspecting prey.


They developed this skill over time because as they were hunting, they found it advantageous to ambush their prey from a deeper part of the ocean and swim up toward it to snatch it up. With so much speed propelling them upward, they would eventually breach. Great white sharks eat a variety of different prey. Not just seals. They also snack on otters, sea lions, rays, fish, crustaceans, and seabirds.

Bird’s Epic Poops Saves It

When the video below starts, you are looking at murky green waters while the sound of ocean waves lapping fills your speakers. Right in the center bottom of the screen, a shark floats with its dorsal fin piercing the top of the water. You watch as it almost disappears when the wave it’s caught in starts to crash.

It’s just a short intro to TheMalibuArtist, a YouTube channel. Then, the narrator starts speaking. He explains that over the last couple of years, he has been lucky enough to document the behavior of some pretty distinctive great white sharks. He takes a unique approach to studying shark behavior.

He observes from an aerial view so that sharks aren’t affected or manipulated by human behavior. He notices that great white sharks are curious creatures and that they use their dorsal fins to investigate objects they find in the water. When it comes time to investigate a cormorant, the cormorant isn’t able to fly away so it does something else. It ejects a deterrent. Surprisingly, it works!

Watch the Hilarious Video Below!

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About the Author

Angie Menjivar is a quirky cat mom with a love for books, thunderstorms, and comfy couches where she cozies up with her laptop to write her heart out. Her writing style combines engaging storytelling, vivid imagery, emotional resonance, and educational depth to create a compelling and informative reading experience for readers like you! Her passion and humor stamp her work with a voice all her own and her sense of wonder creates a fantastical narrative that allows you to explore the fascinating world of wildlife through new eyes.

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