It’s inevitable. Whenever the temperatures start to warm up and the sun comes out, so do the stories about sharks. If you are a newshound, it seems every year at this time the terrifying tales pour forth in an endless cavalcade of hype. Of course some sharks are dangerous. However, we must remember that we are entering their world, and they sometimes don’t know we’re not on the menu until it’s too late. Be that as it may, the last couple of weeks has seen some pretty interesting stories regarding sharks from around the world. Here is a look at some of the best…
It’s called parthenogenesis, and though it is a verified and real occurrence in the animal kingdom, it is so rare and amazing that scientists are baffled whenever it happens. In this case it was a Leopard Shark known as Leonie who gave birth to three pups without the benefit of a male companion to fertilize her eggs. The case is amazing because Leonie hasn’t been in contact with a male shark for years, and to add to the mystery, one of the pups born through parthenogenesis is getting ready to give birth to pups without fertilization also.
The selfie fad had gone too far. You, reading this blog, know not to disturb wildlife. Why don’t these people? The world has already had to endure the tragic story of an overeager group of beachgoers who formed a frenzy around a baby dolphin, killing the poor animal in the process. Now we have this. Sharks, though they might have a bad rep, deserve to be left alone to live out their lives. Dragging them from the surf to snap some selfies is unacceptable. What we need is a worldwide campaign to teach respect and compassion for our sea-dwelling neighbors.
If there ever was a time to issue the old standard warning, it’s now. Don’t try this at home. Well, you couldn’t try it at home unless you lived under the sea, but you know what I mean. Some people might think provoking an attack from lemon sharks. Riccardo Sturla Avogadri has been working with the aquatic predators for over 30 years, and he’s pioneered the ‘relax immobility’ technique to hypnotise them. In this video, he demonstrates how the shark attacks, and how he uses survival techniques to escape harm.
File this under the ‘Who Knew’ department. As a research team from UC Santa Barbara studied the way sharks moved in Palmryra Atoll, monitoring how they moved in and out of a lagoon, they learned a fascinating truth: Sharks have a rush hour. Traffic in the atoll peaked at around 7 or 8 in the evening.