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Andy's Shark Web Site

Marine Biologist in-the-making

10 years old


Most people consider sharks as deadly, vicious, evil, and all around unpleasant things.



Ancythrian Shark

As the name already implies, this shark can only be found in the Ancythrian inland sea. These sharks have an incredible sense of smell, they can track not only blood through water but sense sweat from passing boaters or the urine of a lost sea turtle all up to two miles away from its current location.



Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

also known as white pointer, white shark, or white death, AKA Jaws. This infamous shark is renowned as the most voracious predator of the seas and has a man-eater reputation. weigh up to 7,040 pounds, which equates to over three and one half tons! Great white sharks usually feed on fish (especially tuna), squid, other sharks, dolphins, whales, seals, elephant seals, and sea lions. They also feed on the carcasses of whale sharks and the fat-rich blubber in the carcasses of large whales. One 1982 study showed that a fifteen-foot great white shark could live for about forty-five days on sixty-six pounds of whale blubber. Other sharks four to seven feet long have been found whole in the bellies of white sharks. A sea lion weighing 100 pounds was found in a great white shark taken off California, and one caught in Florida waters had in it two sharks, each of which was six to seven feet long. They also eat sea turtles, easily crunching through the shells. Seals cleanly bitten in two have been found in their stomachs.



Blacktip Reef Shark

(Charcharhinus limbatus) dark gray, dusky bronze, or ashy blue above, the blacktip's trim body is pure white or yellowish white below, with a band of dark upper color extending backward along each side, and the pale color of its lower parts extending forward. Its pectoral fins are black-tipped. The dorsal and anal fins and the lower lobe of the tail fin are black-tipped in the young, but the color usually fades with age. Its eye is catlike: greenish yellow, bisected by a black band. The conspicuously black-tipped fins of this shark are often seen in tropical and subtropical seas. Fishermen have watched groups of blacktip sharks soaring upward in the sea to hit a school of prey from below. Occasionally, a shark will leap into the air, somersault, and fall back into the sea. The antics seem to accompany feeding, which the swift, gregarious sharks turn into a frenzy.



Nurse Shark

(Ginglymostoma cirratum) sluggish bottom dwellers, congregating in large schools on the sea floor. Unlike most sharks, which take in water to breathe by swimming, the nurse shark often remains motionless, pumping water over its gills by opening and closing its mouth, and sometimes using it to suck in prey. Nurse sharks are distinguished by fleshy appendages resembling fangs that hang below their nose and provide a sense of touch that helps nurse sharks to locate food on the bottom of the ocean floor. Nurse sharks are not usually dangerous, but the will clamp a viselike hold on unwary molesters - such as people who grab a nurse's tail hoping for an underwater ride.



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