Marine Life – Part 2

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Out of all the large predators in the ocean, sharks are the most misunderstood creatures. Our fear stoked by movies such as Jaws and dreaded for their ferocity, we have come to fear this majestic creature. Designed for agility and speed, sharks can be seen as the ultimate killing machines of the ocean. Sharks have been around for a very long time – the earliest one dates back to around 420 million years and over time sharks have evolved into 440 species from the smallest (Dwarf Lanternshark – 7 inches in length) to the Great White Shark (that exceeds 20ft in length) to the largest of the lot, the Whale Shark (the largest recorded one coming in at 41.50ft).

Humans do not form part of the shark foodchain and hence in most cases they would just swim past a human. The rare occassion when a shark does attack a human is when it confuses us for one of it’s natural prey (i.e.) seals or the like. Once a shark attacks a human, it would abandon the human and swim away when it realises it’s made a mistake – just unfortunate for us that a single bite from a shark could be life threatening.  Humans do more damage to sharks as a species as they do to us.

If you’d like to see more shark images* and the rest of the set, kindly click on the link below:

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

* – images taken with the Canon 50D and show the Sand Tiger Shark.

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