It's Shark Week over on the Discovery Channel — have you tuned in yet? In honor of the large swimmers, let's test your knowledge on the massive and oft-maligned creatures, from pups to full-grown fish.
Got a phobia of sharks? At least you'll always know if one shark in particular is roaming nearby! The Monterey Bay Aquarium recently released a juvenile great white shark into the wild, after featuring it as part of an exhibit for the past five months. Equipped with a tracking system that gives real-time movements, Monterey Bay Aquarium spokesman Ken Peterson says this will help them understand mating, feeding, and living habits of the mysterious creatures:
The lives of juvenile white sharks are almost a complete mystery to us. The released shark is now in relatively warm waters about 656 feet deep, but we don't know if it will travel into the Sea of Cortez, where juvenile great whites have been spotted, or if it will travel more southward, where we have less evidence for shark presence.
The SPOT (Smart Position-Only Tag) sensor takes location readings every time the shark pops his dorsal fin above water then relays that data back through satellite. You can get in on the shark-watching action, too. See how when you read more