Sharks are some of the fiercest predators on the planet. The hunting patterns of one of the most deadly sharks, the great white, is similar to those of serial killers, according to a new study.
Great white sharks don't attack at random, they stalk their victims like human serial killers do, according to the study that was published in the Journal of Zoology.
Researchers observed 340 great white shark attacks on seals off of Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa. Using geographic profiling -- a tool used to track crimes and find when serial criminals live -- researchers observed the sharks stalk their prey from a distance, hunt strategically and learn from previous attempts.
The big difference between great white sharks and serial killers is motive, say the researchers, since sharks mainly kill to survive.