Sunday, April 25

Supplanting Shark Myths with Useful Information

Much of what most people know about sharks are in fact, false. This article is based on various scientific research and other shark articles written by people who study sharks.

Myth #1: Shark Attacks are Common
Shark attacks are quite rare.
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Myth #2: Sharks Have Poor Vision
Sharks' eyes, which are equipped to distinguish colors, employ a lens up to seven times as powerful as a human's, and some shark species can detect a light that is as much as ten times dimmer than the dimmest light the average person can see.

Myth #3: Sharks Eat All the Time Everytime
Sharks eat periodically depending upon their metabolism and the availability of food. For example, juvenile lemon sharks eat less than 2% of their body weight per day.

Myth #4: Sharks Go Crazy Over Human Blood
Most sharks don't appear to be especially interested in the blood of mammals as opposed to fish blood.

Myth #5: Sharks are only Found on Salt Water
A specialized osmoregulatory system enables the bull shark to cope with dramatic changes in salinity -- from the freshwaters of some rivers to the highly saline waters of the ocean.

Myth #6: All Sharks are Fast Swimmers
Although some sharks may swim at bursts of over 20 knots (23 miles per hour), most sharks swim very slowly at cruising speeds of less than 5 knots (5.75 miles per hour).

Myth #7: Sharks are Dumb
Sharks' relatively large and complex brains are comparable in size to those of supposedly more advanced animals like mammals and birds. Sharks also can be trained.

Myth #8: Shark Meat is Poisonous
Although there have been some reports of people being poisoned by shark meat, the meat from the majority of sharks is edible and delicious when properly handled and prepared.

Myth #9: Sharks are Hard to Kill
Stress of capture weakens a shark, and so some sharks are easily killed in hook-and-line or net fishing.

Myth #10: Sharks are Man-Killers
Of the more then 350 shark species, about 80% are unable to hurt people or rarely encounter people.

Source: Myths and Legends

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