Sharks: Don’t Fear the Fin

Sharks can be scary. I mean, who likes a 5-foot fish with 7 rows of teeth hanging out at the beach where you are swimming? But really, sharks aren’t as bad as you think. In fact, they are my favorite animal. Have you watched Jaws? Well, if you haven’t, it’s basically a movie showing a giant great white shark going around, beach to beach, and eating people who are in the water. Many people are afraid of sharks because of this movie. Sure, it was based off of a real event around 1916. But this movie is majorly over exaggerated for thrill purposes. In fact, humans are the blood-thirsty creatures. Did you know that, look it up, when about 10 people are killed by shark attacks each year, around 1 million sharks are killed every year by humans, accidentally or on purpose. Sharks are killed most by over fishing, the huge demand of shark fins for food in Asia, and sharks getting caught in stray nets. Ok, I can’t make you love sharks, but I can inform you about them. Here are my top-12 interesting facts about sharks:

  1. Fossils show that sharks have been around for about 400 million years! That’s older than dinosaurs, and they still exist.
  2. Sharks are one of the top predators in the ocean. Being so, they balance the ecosystem. We need them so fish don’t overpopulate. 
  3. There are over 500 living species of sharks, and scientists strongly believe there are more out there.
  4. Most sharks are cold-blooded.
  5. Sharks have a 6th sense This allows them to sense electromagnetic fields and sense temperature change.
  6. Sharks can only swim forward. Guess they can’t retrace their steps if they lose anything!
  7. Sharks are boneless. Instead, they are made of cartilage, which is the material that our earlobes and the tips of our noses are made of.
  8. A shark’s skin feels like sandpaper! Sharks are a little rough around the edges.
  9. Sharks go to the dentist often. They have about 30,000 teeth in one lifetime!
  10. Sharks live in every ocean, even the Arctic Ocean.
  11. Many people wonder if sharks can smell a drop of blood from a few miles away. Well, sorry to disappoint you, but most sharks can’t, but that doesn’t mean they can’t detect blood from a ways away! If you want to be more impressed, check out my post Great White Sharks!
  12. Most of the time, sharks mistake humans for other creatures that they eat. Then they go in for a “test bite”. Once they realize that they mistook a human for something else, they (most of the time) leave.

Now what do you think of sharks? Sharks are amazing creatures, and we should all take our part to help them survive for another couple million years. Wondering how? Here are some simple things you can do:

  • Learn as much as you can about sharks and educate (or just tell) others about them
  • Don’t use shark products. Those are bad for sharks (I wonder why).
  • The Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Looking to get more involved? Go to 10 Easy Ways to Save Sharks | #SharkFree. Comment down below on what you thought about sharks before and after this post. Sharks aren’t just your everyday, over sized, full-of-teeth fish. They are the key to keeping the oceans in balance. Do you know what is scarier than an ocean with sharks? An ocean without them.

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