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he looks shocked to hear it…
These toothy predators likely see the world only in black and white.
The ramifications of this discovery could be huge, helping to save both sharks and people.
“Firstly, this knowledge may enable us to design fishing gear that is more specific for target fish species and thus reduces unnecessary bycatch of sharks.”
“Secondly, it may help us to design equipment that is less attractive to sharks (wetsuits and surfboards, for example) that may help to reduce attacks on humans.”
— Nathan Hart, research associate professor at the University of Western Australia’s School of Animal Biology and The Oceans
The people of this island learned to catch and communicate with sharks in the Pacific from the creator of all things, Moroa. In a world where most humans view sharks with a mix of fear and loathing, Papua New Guinea is one of the few places where people embrace them.
Moroa made Lembe the shark before he made man but after he had made the sun and the moon and put fish and dolphins in the sea.
After creating [Lembe the shark], Moroa held Lembe by his tail (Papua New Guineans say you can still see the mark of Moroa’s thumb and forefinger on every shark in the sea) and explained to the shark the conditions on which he could approach man…
xert asked: so this might sound kind of cheesy, but watching shark wranglers has really made me appreciate sharks more than fear them. granted they're still not my favorite, but i can walk through a shark tunnel in an aquarium without having a panic attack. and that's kind of a big deal for me. i had always been absolutely horrified by them. and 20 years later, i'm finally getting over it.
That is so great to hear! Congratulations!
I think you’ve caught real the point of Shark Week. Discovery wants us to appreciate how these beautiful, and occasionally endangered, animals behave. They’re not just crazy killing machines, but they’re beautiful animals. They shouldn’t feared, but respected and revered as some of nature’s best predators.
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Let’s be honest. No matter how jazzed you are about great whites and black holes, you probably won’t think of Space and Shark Week at the same time.
As it turns out, however, there are at least five fascinating links (and one we totally made-up) between these Earth-bound killers of the deep blue and the mysteries of the outer dark.
Tune in for Shark Facts, Mars Facts and Shark Stories!
“It’s kind of like having a new baby…shooting its ChemCam laser at rocks to discovery the mineral content… so cute!”
“You’d think with all those teeth a shark would have to brush a lot…”
It would seem Discovery employees like to dress their dogs as sharks!
UPDATE: We Want your Pets Dressed as Sharks!
Does your pet have a photogenic shark costume? Dress up your pet and send us a photo! It doesn’t have to be an official costume like Bea. It could be cardboard like Lucy! But however you do it, get your pet in the Shark Week spirit and send us a photo. It could be featured on DiscoveryNews.com!
email us firstname.lastname@example.org or add it as a reply to this post! Make sure you include if the pet was adopted (or is available for adoption), where you live, and your name!
This is horrible. Just beyond horrible. In the words of our tech producer, “I’ve walked out of restaurants who serve shark’s fin soup.”
Personally, I’ve never looked, but I certainly will now.
We gathered 51 samples from restaurants in 14 cities and found one made from the fin of a scalloped hammerhead, which is endangered. We discovered samples containing fin of vulnerable and near-threatened species, including bull, smooth hammerhead, school, spiny dogfish and copper sharks.
I am a shark attack survivor, but I appreciate the importance of these predators for the health of the ocean. I have dedicated my life to helping them.
Would you eat tiger soup? Of course not. It’s a species facing extinction. But if you eat shark fin soup, you could hasten the demise of animals facing a similar plight, because nearly a third of all shark species are in peril.
Yeah, Discovery Has a Dorsal Fin
Chompie is back! Our 25th Shark Week is nearly upon us!
Discovery Communications was founded in 1985 by John Hendricks and shortly after the founding it became clear that people were shark crazy. Now in the company’s 27th year, we’re celebrating our 25th of Shark Week by dressing up our World HQ here in Silver Spring, MD with a giant shark named Chompie. Yeah, it’s awesome…
Unless your desk is behind Chompie’s head, then it’s dark.
sidebar: I had to go talk my way into the building across the street to take the bottom left photo. I’ll do anything for our tumblr people! (Thanks Tim!)
He can still catch seals, but he has to sneak up on them when while they’re asleep. Maybe he’s just not in a hurry?
“We think that the slow speed of Greenland sharks might be due to low water temperature in the Arctic Ocean,” lead author Yuuki Watanabe of the National Institute of Polar Research told Discovery News.
The shark in the photo has a data logger on his back so they can learn more about these slowpokes.