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IN Animals ON 20 Oct, 2015
Sharks are the badass hunters of the seas and oceans. They are the ones due to whom most of us fear the sea. They have also been known for the delicacies that are made from them.
But most of the things that you knew about them are either misconception because of their portrayal as that in the movies and other media or myths based on incomplete or no knowledge. So take a dive with me to explore the deep and beautiful world of sharks.
Sharks are something to never mess around, every year 12 people are killed by sharks, on the contrary, humans are no less, 11417 sharks are killed every hour, after all we are so many and so top on the food chain.
With no teeth and filter feeding, these are the largest fish there is (whales are mammals, like with breasts, so they ain't fish). They are huge (40 feet) and powerful and agile, like very agile. The pattern you see is much like fingerprints, unique for everyone. And they live for almost a 100-years.
Sharks can accelerate way easily and rapidly than any Porsche (911 being the record holder). Nothing more is to be said anymore.
Fishes have very distinct mechanism of maintaining buoyancy and keep floating by filling gases in their fins which the sharks lack. This means they have a constant buoyancy and thus need to swim endlessly to keep up. They swim while asleep too.
This shark from Greenland waters, also known as Grey Shark, is known to eat the polar bears and live as long as 200 hundred years.
The embryos of Tiger Shark kill and eat each other and a very few of them survive once the others start growing teeth.
Well, the fact is one is more likely to be killed by a coconut than sharks. So much for the mass hysteria.
New Yorkers bite more people, 10 times more people than sharks do. I told you they are wild, didn't I?
Their sense of smell is so strong, they can smell a single drop of blood in a standard Olympic size swimming pool. Also, some are known to detect blood from several miles' distances. Although they can also differentiate between aquatic and terrestrial blood, and probably humans don't seem tasty enough.
They have a strong bite, sharp teeth to shred anything, and the ability to regrow lost teeth within 8-days. Also, most sharks can go up to month long fasting.
In cases of mistaken identity, usually in dirty/turbid waters and other conditions leading to confusions, they attack humans otherwise we seem to be bad in taste or what, cause many times during attacks, they spit out as soon as they realise, "Filthy Hooman".
Hunched back, low pectoral fins and zig-zag swimming are the signs. And there are no sure ways to save yourselves, except that don't make rapid and forceful motions, also don't just play dead.
There is certainly no doubt about that one fact.
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