A hint of fin in the ocean, masses of people running away screaming. Then, a shark emerges and grabs someone by the ankles and drags them down to watery hell to feast on.
Jaws may have been one of the most entertaining movies of all time. But it truly did a number on the reputation of one of the most revered creatures in the animal kingdom.
But the truth is, our perception has been greatly affected by movies and television. People didn’t used to be so scared of sharks!
Here are some facts about the eusive shark, and how they’re so much more than what they may seem!
Yes, there was indeed a shark known as the Megalodon that was known to be around 60 feet long around 13 million years ago. However, there’s also a shark known as the Dwarf Lantern Shark which is only 6 inches long.
Sharks (like humans) come in all shapes and sizes; around 440 species, in fact. So if you always thought that there were only two types of sharks in existence, great white and hammerhead, you’re wrong!
Think of sharks as the perfect combination of brains and brawns. Not so much dumb animal as smart creatures, sharks are actually more advanced than most creatures because of their biology. They don’t have a skeleton, they’re fast swimmers, and they don’t have scales either. Instead, their skin is made from small teeth that are pointed inward to help them swim faster.
And given that sharks are smart enough to make mental maps, you can be sure that they use all of these skills to their advantage!
So you can stop worrying about getting eaten by sharks every time you get in the water. While shark attacks do occur, you’re more likely to die from a lightning strike, rather than a shark attack.
The reason? Sharks just don’t find us tasty enough.
Alongside, humans are hard to digest for sharks, given that there are more than 200 bones in our body. Instead, sharks like the smell of seals and fish more.
Everything on this planet is being affected because of global warming and climate change, it’s apparent that these adverse effects would make their way to the shark population sooner or later. It doesn’t help that shark hunting and shark meat have become popular as well. As such, all of this is culminating into a great dearth in the global shark population.
It’s usually the simplest gestures that make the most difference.
For example, by changing your shopping habits and buying ocean conservation clothes online from The Ocean Vibe, you contribute to the betterment of our oceanic community.
Every month, we donate 10 percent of our net income to two organizations, the Ocean Conservancy and the Sea Turtles Preservation Association. By shopping on The Ocean Vibe, you do your part in helping us make the oceans better for sharks and other animals!
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