It’s a Little Bit Fishy – Getting The Lowdown on Sharks

The Ocean…the final frontier (for sailors), in this vast and majestic expanse of blue lives a vast array of majestic creatures. Yep, you guessed it, I’m talking about Sharks otherwise my post title would be really pointless.

I find that Sharks get a lot of bad press for chomping on the odd surfer and yes it is bad and it’s never nice to lose a limb but the shark is not to blame. Here’s Jess’s guide to sharks to give those misunderstood creatures a bit of a break.

1. Sharks have Smellovision

Yes, it’s true. Sharks have very poor eyesight (though they can see well in the dark) and can therefore only pinpoint their prey through their incredible sense of smell. Sharks really can smell blood for miles. However, this poor eyesight is also the reason that surfers tend to get targeted. You see to a shark who forgot his specs a surfer looks remarkably like a seal (sharks prey) and poor hungry shark (who has only ended up near a beach because he/she is hungry) goes in for a bite of tasty tasty ‘seal’.

2. Sharks hate the taste of people

Sharks – if you’ve noticed – rarely take more than one bite of a human. I mean sure, that bite usually consists of an arm or a leg or some vital organs but Sharks really don’t like the taste of humans and, as I said earlier, usually only attack because they think they’re seeing a seal.

3. Sharks are over 400 million years old

Remember the saying respect your elders? Better give them sharks some respect then because they’ve been around much longer than us.

4. Sharks never need false teeth

Ah the life of a shark. Lose a tooth? Never mind, I’ll grow a new one. Yep, sharks teeth are so vital to their hunting patterns that to lose teeth and never get them back would be terrible so nature went back to the drawing board and gave them the ability to continually replace lost teeth. Nifty, eh?

5. Not just eating machines

Sharks do not conform to the public perception that they are literally eating machines and have in fact show signs of intelligence and playfulness. A group of Great Whites worked together to move a partially beached  whale into deeper water for feeding, so let’s give credit where credit is due.

~ by Jess Wiles on February 1, 2011.

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