The Spirit of the Ocean – the whale shark, a placid giant, a filter-feeding shark that lives a relaxed life in the tropics. Friend to divers, remora and other mutualistic fish and the largest known fish species in the world today. The largest known animal at all outside of the whales. This fish, this shark, is truly spectacular from their feeding methods, to their size, to their behaviour. Find out why we put this shark as our number 1!
The Greenland shark, somniosus microcephalus, is probably one of the most remarkable species on planet earth. Approximately the same length as a great white, with flesh toxic to humans if they eat it untreated, that swims in deep waters, or very cold waters, eats polar bears and lives for 300+ years. There is something truly special about the Greenland shark.
Exploring the world’s second largest fish, the basking shark, in all its glory. A wonderful, placid, filter-feeding shark that is sadly often overfished, the basking shark represents peace and passivity more than any other shark. We discuss this and explore whether human, ambitious, competitive philosophy could gain from being a bit more shark, a bit more basking shark in particular.
Exploring the similarities and differences between the members of the family of hammerhead sharks, the Sphyrnidae, with focus on the scalloped hammerhead and its overfishing, and the bonnethead shark which it turns out is omnivorous.
To start with, that Latin name! Megachasma pelagios – If I’m not getting my tongue twisted does that not translate as ‘giant cave of the deep’? Anyway, I’ll be honest, I know next to sod all about the megamouth shark. Any marine biologist worth a damn, who isn’t specifically researching the megamouth shark right now,Continue reading “Top Ten Sharks #5 – The Megamouth Shark, Megachasma pelagios”
CONTENT WARNING: Contains graphic images/scenes of caught sharks and shark hunting behaviour. The great white is a member of the family of the Lamnidae, sometimes known as the mackerel sharks, or the white sharks, although ‘white shark’ is also used interchangeably with ‘great white’. In fact, ‘Great White’ is more of a colloquialism, since thereContinue reading “Top Ten Sharks #6 – The Great White Shark, Carcharodon Carcharias”
If my intent is to convince people sharks are cute I’m definitely going about it the wrong way by including this one but I absolutely have to. The frilled shark is possibly one of the weirdest, most awesome sharks out there. It looks less like a shark and more like an eel, it has sixContinue reading “Top Ten Sharks #7 – The Frilled Shark, Chlamydoselachus anguineus and C. africana”
Today we discuss the Buzzsaw Shark, Helicoprion sp. – Which…inevitably leads us, via Michael Phelps, to Hallucigenia and back to the buzzsaw shark. It’s a weird ride but if you want to find out about a sea predator with a spiral of teeth in its maw, and how it used them, you need to be on it.
Why am I following up the behemoth with a mouth that could crush the core of the Earth, the megalodon, with a 3m (around 10 feet) cuddly toy? Well because I think sharks are cute. I think the blue shark is one of the cutest animals on the planet. I think it’s absolutely gorgeous andContinue reading “Top Ten Sharks #9 – The Blue Shark, Prionace glauca”
Learn all about the famed mega-shark Megalodon – Is it still out there? …Erm, no. But that doesn’t make it one fascinating creature to learn about, study and find out how it used a ridiculously powerful bite to literally crush whales!