Sunday, March 2, 2014

Shark Attack! The Horrors Of Sharks

Lets begin with sharks at the beginning - the prototype, the ancient creature called "Megalodon." This extinct species lived between 28 million years ago to 1-1/2 million years ago.  It grew an amazing 46-59 feet long! With 7-inch long teeth, this monster ruled the oceans.

Rodney Fox (above) is lucky even though he was not so lucky. In 1963, he was in Australia when he was diving without oxygen and a shark grabbed him up. After a few grabs and release, he was pulled down underwater. He got free just before he took on water and was pulled into the boat. His insides were basically completely exposed, so they opted to keep the wetsuit on him to hold him together and to keep his organs from falling out. Amazingly, they repaired him. One of the luckier ones who survived an open water attack.

My favorite movie of all time - the one I think has every element to perfection for an ideal film is "Jaws."

Shark movies  -
Dark Blue Sea
12 Days Of Terror
Jaw 2
Jaws 3D
Open Water

How to avoid shark attacks
Avoid known shark-infested waters
Avoid polluted waters
Avoid fishing boats and areas
Wear a wet suit
Swim with a pole while you drive
Don't splash
Swim in a group
Smooth movements by sharks means just checking things out, but if they thrash, beware!
Dawn, dusk, and nighttime are the most dangerous times
If you're bleeding, get out of the water

What to do if attacked 
Don't take your eyes off the shark, know where it is
Don't make sudden movements, stay calm
Gently turn yourself so you can watch the shark coming and going or go back to back with another swimmer to watch
Hit the shark in the face, eye or gills strongly - do not play dead it doesn't work - be a threat!

Planning a vacation at the beach but wonder about the statistics of most white shark unprovoked attacks?

Western US - 98
South Africa - 58
Australia - 57
Mediterranean - 22
New Zealand - 10 
Eastern US - 7
South America - 3
Japan - 2
Hawaii - 1
South Korea -1
Caribbean - 1
Mexico - 1

How about turning a shark into art?  A shark's tooth pendant.

Shark print art 

Shark t-Shirt 

Shark Trivia 

The oldest shark fossils date back 300,000,000 years ago!
There are more than 400 shark species today
The shark's skeleton is made with cartilage, not bone
Sharks live 25-30 years

Admit it, you're glad it's cold weather now!

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