So... what's the deal with sawfish?
Alright, what's the weirdest thing a shark has ever eaten?
Thanks for your question.
That's a toughie- there are so many weird things. From suits of armor and license plates to wine bottles, barrel of nails, fur coats and even the head of a bulldog! There have even been some music instruments, like harmonicas, in these curious animals. We've also got cannonballs, a polar bear (you go Greenland shark), horses and, my favorite: a porcupine.
I really wonder if that shark regretted that decision...
Hello Ms. Marquez,
In response to "Monster Hammerhead, where were all the hammerheads when I was at Bimini?!
Hi Ms. Marquez,
Are people still afraid of sharks?
Thanks for your question. The fear of sharks is deep-rooted in most people (an abnormally large/persistent fear of sharks is called galeophobia). So, it doesn't help when the media sensationalizes a shark attack. Or, make up sharks that do not exist anymore, like Megalodon.
I read that orcas flip sharks over so they're in tonic immobility! Is it true?
Yep, it's 100%, and scientists have known about it for a while. For those who don't know what tonic immobility is, it's a state some sharks get to when flipped over (so they're belly up). It's almost like playing dead, sort of like a possum. Once righted again, it continues with its swimming. Stress associated with this state has been investigated.
I have a question. What exactly is shark finning?
Thank you for answering my question. Raymond
Finning means "removing the fins of a shark at sea and dumping the body overboard." It's a wasteful practice, only using about 5% of the animal, and really inhumane (these sharks bleed to death or drown-- both awful). For fishery management programs, it's hard to see what sharks the fins came from (this guide is a good step in the right direction, though).
Note that I underlined "at sea." The definition of "finning" only applies to the removal of fins at sea and dumping the body. If a shark is brought onto land with its fins attached to its body, no matter what happens once on land this is not shark finning. That does not mean that removing the fins on land doesn't add to fins entering the fin trade, but this is technically not "finning" under its definition.
Hope this made sense!