Thought of the Day: Shark Facts

16 Mar

I was babysitting the other night and before bed, this kid wanted to read this book, something like “Sharks and Other Underwater Monsters.” It was crazy! It had a huge list of all these different kinds of sharks, eels, crustaceans, everything underwater that is scary. There were about 200 different kinds of beasts mentioned. And the kid (4 years old) could honestly list about 180 of them just by looking. After he went to sleep, I immediately grabbed that bad boy.

Here are some shark facts I stole from the internet:

  • Sharks can smell one drop of blood in a million drops of water
  • Sharks have been around for about 400 million years – long before dinosaurs even existed
  • Some sharks can unhinge their jaw almost like a snake, allowing them to rip off flesh easier
  • There is a kind of shark that can still live after you cut its head off – so it can still bite you
  • Some species of sharks were only discovered in the last 20 years, since they live so deep in the ocean
  • The Sand Tiger Shark where the babies inside will often eat each other in the womb – these sharks are surprisingly fairly docile once they emerge from the mother’s womb
  • There is a species of shark that has a glowing light at the end of its tail – not much is known about this: is it to lure fish to it to eat them? It is a protection system? Is it a defense mechanism?
  • When a shark eats food that it can’t digest (like a turtle shell or tin can), it can vomit by thrusting its stomach out its mouth then pulling it back in
  • Even though almost equal numbers of men and women spend time in the ocean, no one knows why sharks seem to prefer to attack men. In fact, nearly 90% of shark attacks have happened to men

For more shark facts, you’ll have to use Google them yourself. In the meantime, look at these scary pictures!

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3 Responses to “Thought of the Day: Shark Facts”

  1. Lunch with Mary March 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm #


    • Him & Her March 19, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

      I know, right?! The next time I babysit that kid, I am putting him to bed early and asking to stay late to gather more material!


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