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
New babies are cause for celebration in my book, and this pup is no exception! The baby shark (aka, pup) was recently born in a Hungarian aquarium to a female white-tipped reef shark. The twist comes in that mom, Ibolya, is not only the location's lone female shark . . . she's been all alone in her tank since she was born at the Nyíregyháza Centre seven years ago! "When I saw the baby shark lying on the bottom of the tank, I thought it was a joke," aquarium director Attila Varga said. "I was amazed when I realized it was a real shark."
The rare process of parthenogenesis is where an egg starts to divide without being fertilized. Although it happens with other vertebrates, birds, snakes, reptiles, and even some bony fishes, it had never previously been described in sharks, rays, or any mammals for that matter. It's so unusual that the only other proven example (in captivity) is when a hammerhead shark had a similar situation at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., back in 2001. Unfortunately for that animal, a stingray killed the pup before it could be safely removed from the tank, but DNA tests completed last year indicated it was indeed a result of a "virgin birth." At this point, Ibolya's baby is the only living example of this miracle!
According to a new report by father - son doctors accidents involving sand holes have caused more deaths than shark attacks.
Between 1990 and 2006, there were 16 deaths in the U.S. involving sand holes or tunnels and only 12 fatalities due to shark attacks. I know this is morbid stuff, but how many of us come face to face with sand holes compared to sharks? Sand holes and tunnels can collapse horrifyingly fast, often leaving no trace of the victim. So play it safe - only let your children play in a hole no deeper than their waist and please fill that hole in before you leave the beach!!! Someone could accidentally trip in the hole while playing paddle ball, football or Frisbee.
For more information and background on the study visit CNN. The article will inspire you to fill in every sand hole you see, and I don't think that is just the mom in me talking.