The largest shark at a South Korean aquarium has slowly eaten a smaller shark in an apparent “turf war”.

The eight-year-old female sand tiger shark, measuring 2.2m (7.2ft) long, attacked the five-year-old male banded houndshark on Thursday – and reportedly devoured him bite by bite.

A day later, visitors to the aquarium in Seoul watched with amazement as the shark swam around the tank with the tip of the victim’s tail hanging out of her mouth.

Experts believe the tail will remain in her mouth for up to five days – but as she will be unable to digest her rival, the body will likely be regurgitated within a week.

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