Sharks are fussy eaters

Australia's feared white pointer shark is a fussy eater who prefers to take a sample nibble at a potential meal before devouring it, AFP reports from Adelaide.

Ross Miller, head of materials engineering at the University of Adelaide, joined a US film crew and shark attack survivor Rodney Fox to collect data on the 'chomp-power' of sharks.

Sharks of up to 16ft 6in were enticed to bite on lead, plastic and wood plates disguised with tuna. When a surfboard was tested, it showed sharks were fussy eaters and often opted to take sample bites of meals before eating them. 'They are rather tidy eaters and quite fastidious,' said Professor Miller.