Thursday, August 16, 2012
25 Years of Shark Week!
Can you believe it has been 25 years since shark week began? 25 years of educating the general public, most of which will never see a real shark in its natural environment, that sharks are much more than mindless eating machines. That impression, of course, was greatly influenced by movies like the "Jaws". Probably because of it's age or the fact I have seen it 50 times, or perhaps because of information I have learned off from Shark Week programing, I'm not fearful of these creatures. Respectful, but not fearful. I do have to admit though... for a PG-13 film... "Jaws" sacred the bejesus out of me when I was a kid.
The guys and I were talking about Shark Week and sharks and got on the discussion of shark species. Did you know that there are over 400 species of sharks? Here are a few you have heard of... and a few that might be new to you.
The tiger is second on the list of number of recorded attacks on humans, with the great white shark being first. The Tiger Shark is considered a near threatened species due to finning and fishing by humans.
Some scientists suggest that the mako can swim up to 62 mph. This high-leaping fish is a highly sought-after game fish worldwide. There are cases when an angry mako jumped into a boat after having been hooked.
What is your favorite shark? Be sure to catch the rest of Shark Week, all week on the Discovery Channel.