Saturday, April 7, 2012

G is for Great White Shark


The first word that comes to mind when I think of a great white shark is ... majestic.
Like lions are kings of the jungle, sharks are kings of the ocean.

That's not to say they don't frighten me. When I was younger, my parents would take me and my three brothers to the lake. Now, I'd watched the movie Jaws and knew there was no way a great white could be in the lake water, but I was still scared.
When I'd finally go in, my brothers would hum the Jaws theme song. You know. *dun-unh ... dun-unh* They'd also swim under water and grab my feet. I'd scream at the top of my lungs and not go in for days. Rotten brothers!
                                   
When a great white shark is born, along with up to a dozen siblings, it immediately swims away from its mother. Baby GWS's are on their own right from the start, and their mother may see them only as prey.



According to scientists, after a big meal, a great white shark can last a month or two before feeding again. My thought? Do they really wait that long? On documentaries I've watched, it seems like they eat a lot in more than one sitting. Maybe a big meal to them is a bunch in a short span.
Highly adapted predators, the GWS's mouths are lined with up to 300 serrated, triangular teeth arranged in several rows, and they have an exceptional sense of smell to detect prey.
                        Doesn't this shark below look like he's smiling? Creepy.


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23 comments:

  1. Wow, I never would've thought of sharks as majestic. It's a profound thought, really.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Reina! Happy Easter!

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  2. Sharks, ugh! I would think the same thing about the lake but it was freshwater gators that freaked me. Good choice for G!

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  3. "You're gonna need a bigger boat." Jaws

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    1. Fav line from Sheriff Brody! :)
      Happy Easter!

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  4. hi

    interesting post.

    stopping by from the A-Z blog hop.

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    1. Thanks for checking out my blog! :)

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  5. Gah! I'm terrified of great whites! I'm a scuba diver, though, so it's understandable, I guess. My husband's favorite week of the year is Shark Week on discover. I have to cover my eyes most of the time.

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  6. I've almost always lived about 15 minutes from the beach and usually go to the websites to check for shark alerts before every trip. (Cuz I'm a big chicken.)

    In California we'd occasionally see dolphins, which is enough to scare me out of the water too.

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    1. When I was younger, I thought it'd be cool to swim with dolphins. :)
      I totally agree with you on checking for shark alerts.

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  7. The ones that jump out of the water are freaky. And after seeing Jaws as a kid, I was afraid to go near the toilet!

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    1. The sharks that jump out of water are freaky, but so cool!

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  8. Thanks for all the shark facts! I find it hard to believe they wait a month to eat too. And they swim away from their mum's right away? Sad :(

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    1. I know. One documentary said three months, which seemed so ludicrous to me.

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  9. Horray! A shark post. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge blogs this month.

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  10. I think Great White Sharks are fascinating, and I love watching Shark Week. I didn't know that about the babies leaving their mom. Thanks for the information.

    I found your blog on the A to Z sign up list. It's nice to meet you.

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    1. Shark Week rocks. It's sad about the young leaving their momma's shortly after she has them.
      It's nice to meet you, too. I'll head over to your blog. :D

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  11. Jaws...boy was that scary. Read the book as well. If I ever go to Australia, I am not going out on the ocean. Actually I have never been on the ocean, even though I live a few minutes from the beach. Rivers are good enough for me!

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    1. I've never read the book. I'll take a look for sure. I'd love to live near the beach! :)

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  12. Great White has been my favorite shark since i was little, still is. I hope to cage dive with them one day in the future.. Just to be in the presence of such a large shark would be mind-blowing.

    It's also the main reason i love shark week. Good post.

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