FACTS ABOUT SHARKS, TERRORS OF THE OCEAN
Added on: 13th Aug 2016
ONE OF THE NASTIEST TASTES ON THE PLANET
One of Iceland’s national dishes is hákarl: Greenland shark
which has been cured, fermented, and left to dry for up to
five months. It’s been called 100 times stronger than blue
cheese and “the single worst, most disgusting and
terrible tasting thing” by Anthony Bourdain.
SHARKS HELPING HUMANS FIGHT OFF INFECTION
Since barnacles and bacteria for some reason don’t generally
grow on sharks, scientists are testing shark skin as a
way to fight bacterial infections in humans.
THE WEIRDEST THINGS EATEN BY SHARKS
Sharks in the polar regions are often known for eating seals,
but did you know Greenland sharks have been found to have
eaten horses, reindeer, and even polar bears?
WHY MORE SHARKS ATTACK NEAR CALIFORNIA
There are more shark attacks near California because they
have more prey. The United States government has
established various protected natural areas nearby;
sea mammal populations have thus increased,
bringing more sharks in to feast.
SHARK BITE RECORDS FOR THE PAST 400 YEARS
Only 2,463 unprovoked shark bites were reported from
1588-2011. Less than a fifth were fatal.
SHARKS MIGHT EAT YOUR CAMERA
Since sharks use electrical signals to hunt for prey,
underwater cameras can put out electrical signals
sharks may think is food.
SHARK BLOOD HAS ANTI-COAGULANTS
Scientists are also studying shark blood to help patients with
heart disease, specifically studying a clotting compound
naturally present in shark blood.
THE BEST PLACE TO SURVIVE A SHARK ATTACK
It’s better to be swimming in cold water if you get bitten by a
shark since the cold water lowers your body temperature which
will also slow down blood loss. That said, more people die from
playing high school or college football than from shark bites.
THE LITTLE SHARK EYE EATER
Parasitic crustaceans can attach themselves to a Greenland
shark’s eye and eat away at the cornea, causing the shark to
go blind. The bioluminescent parasites are said to
attract shark prey.