Today my little one, I'm going to introduce you to the Great White Shark. I promise to do a more gentle animal the next time round but for now, let me introduce you to the BIG creatures! Ha!
The Great White Shark
Don't be afraid little one. This fella here only eat human when they 'think' you are food. Human usually survive after being bitten by this big fella as they usually let you go when they know that you are NOT food. What is one of their food?
Little one, bear this in mind. EVERY living thing can be dangerous no matter how 'gentle' they look. Let Aunty C give you more facts about what we are talking about today.
- They are the largest predatory fish in the sea.
- They are not recommended for human consumption as it has very high mercury levels.
- Though they look ferocious, believe it or not, they avoid fighting for food. When there is only enough food for one, they have a tail-slapping contest. What is that? They swim past each other, each slapping the surface of the water with their tails and often directing the spray toward the other shark. Who's the winner? The one who delivers the most tail slaps of course! This make me think who's in charge of counting then? Do they also encounter miscalculation? That, I leave to your imagination and desire to find out more as there's only so much Aunty C can do. *winks*
- They have an enormous liver that can weigh up to 24% of its entire weight. How heavy are you now little one? ^^
- They may use and lose more than 1,000 teeth in its life time. As teeth fall out, they are rapidly replaced by those in the row behind them. Talking about teeth, let me show you a photo of their teeth.
- Sorry had to continue as point 1 again due to insert of photo. Let's continue. They are not all white. Their back may be dark blue, gray, brown or black.
- They live for about 25 years.
- They are capable of eating sea lions WHOLE.
- They often have scratches and scars on their snouts which resulted from their prey fighting back.
- Scientists estimate that after a big meal, a Great White Shark can last up to 3 months before needing another one.
- They can roll its eyeballs back, which protects the vital front part of the eye from being scratched.
- Young Great White Sharks eat Leopard Sharks.
- A Great White Shark was once kept in an aquarium for a few days but it became disoriented, continually hitting its nose against the glass, so it had to be released into the sea. They usually die when being confined. One of them died within 10 days!
- Some scientists believe there are less than 10,000 Great White Sharks in the entire world. Take the advice of Aunty C little one and say NO to sharks fin.
- They breed late in life. They do not start breeding until they're at least 20 years old.
- They are no match for Orcas in a fight. Orcas/Killer Whales, sometimes hunt in packs plus they are too fast and strong for even the biggest Great Whites. Orcas have been known to kill and eat them as well.
- Male Great Whites reach maturity between 9 - 10 years of age. Females between 14 - 16 years of age.
- They can have a life span of over 30 years.
- They are one of only a few sharks known to regularly lift its head above the sea surface to gaze at other objects such as prey. This is known as spy-hopping.
- They are ambush hunters, taking prey by surprise from below.
- Shark attacks most often occur in the morning, within 2 hours after sunrise, when visibility is poor. Their success rate is 55% in the first 2 hours, falling to 40% in the late morning after which hunting stops.
- The shark pup's powerful jaws begin to develop in the 1st month.
- The unborn sharks participate in intrauterine cannibalism; stronger pups consume their weaker womb-mates.
- The mother gives birth to a litter of 2 - 10 pups, each of which average 1.5m in length.
- Delivery is in spring and summer.
- They have the ability to smell a single drop of blood in 100L of water.
- They can sense blood in the water up to 5km away.
- They can also sense animal generated electromagnetic fields. Ok I leave your Mommy to explain that to you.
I think that's enough information for now. Learn more when you grow up. I leave you with a few more photos. Ta Ta~~~
See how they are able to flip themselves out of the water!