Happy Mother’s Day!
In 1975, Steven Spielberg made a huge splash with the iconic summer film “Jaws” which opened people’s eyes to the world beneath the waves, as we now know that stepping into the ocean is like stepping on to one big giant dinner plate for an apex predator: The Shark! After all, shark attacks aren’t personal, it’s just lunch (or dinner)! And we humans resemble sea lions! So there you have it.
There are many different types and breeds of sharks, which can be found in the seas and oceans all over the world.
Sharks are the ultimate fish, some are common, some are quite elusive and rare.
There are over 350 different types of sharks, and their closest relative is the stingray. They are dinosaurs, just like crocodiles and turtles. What is true is their keen sense of “smell” as a single drop of blood in a million drops of water can be smelled by a shark.
Sharks also have excellent hearing and can hear for over a mile. The rings on the vertebra of a shark denote its age and researchers prize studying their anatomy as these apex creatures are susceptible to tumors yet they heal very quickly.
The largest predatory fish is the Great White, who can eat a sea lion whole if they grow to maturity, but you cannot eat this shark meat as they have high mercury levels in their flesh.
It is believed that there are only around 10,000 Great White Sharks left in the world. The IUCN (The World Conservation Union) has created a red list that contains the names of all endangered animals and plants in the world. 201 different types of sharks appear on this list.
There are red list criteria that determine exactly how endangered this species is. In determining how rare certain sharks are findings have shown that:
Some of the species of shark that are included on this list, whereby the numbers are still declining include:
The Angel shark
The Angular Angel shark
The Bizant river shark
The Brownbanded Bamboo Shark
The Deepwater Spiny Dogfish
The Draughtboard Shark
The Dumb Gulper Shark
The Dusky Shark
The Endeavour Dogfish
The New Guinea River Shark
The Ornate Wobbegong
The Quelvacho Chino
The Sicklefin Lemon Shark
The Smalltooth Sand Tiger
The Snaggletooth Shark
The Southern Sawtail Catshark
The Spotted Wobbegong
The Tassled Wobbegong
The Tawny Nurse Shark
The Tope Shark
The Whale Shark
The Whitecheek Shark
The Zebra Shark
Discovery is teasing out their popular Shark Week promos!
Shark Week — the Most Wonderful Week of the Year — starts Sun July 5 at 8/7c. It’s jawsome!
You may have seen the amazing picture of a cameraman up-close and personal with a 14 ½ foot Great White shark posted above. Turns out it’s a part of Discovery’s 2015 Shark Week line up (kicking of July 5th).
Are you ready for some of this year’s Shark Week previews?
Only 57 chomp-free days until Shark Week…