What is the myth and what is real about sharks? Are they dangerous or misunderstood? What is the truth about Megladon? Did they go extinct or are they a Lazarus Taxon? Could climate change have brought them out of the deep? What is the truth? Why do we have the impressions that we do?
First off: my love for sharks started when my father let me watch Jaws as a kid. I became addicted to sharks and as my husband can tell you, I am very addicted to sharks.
I am addicted to learning something new. I am one of those people who has books in the house and will sit around reading and be taking notes on what is important to me. I love to find the strange things and ask why.
Sharks are some of the most misunderstood creatures on the planet. They are apex predators and we need to have them in the oceans or our planet will get out of balance. If our planet is out of balance then we have bigger problems than we can afford.
Here are some basic facts and the links to go with them.
Sharks are some of the oldest animals on the planet. They have been around for about 450 Million years. ( http://www.sharksavers.org/en/education/biology/450-million-years-of-sharks1/ )
Sharks can be less than 10 inches long or over 40 feet long. The smallest shark on the planet is the Panama ghost catshark (Apristurus stenseni) at 8.2 inches long. ( http://www.leisurepro.com/blog/explore-the-blue/5-smallest-shark-species/ )
The largest living shark is the Whale Shark. The Whale Shark is a filter feeder which means it eats the smallest things on the planet by opening its mouth that is nearly 6 feet wide and they eat little things called plankton and small fish. ( http://sharkopedia.discovery.com/types-of-sharks/whale-shark/#whale-sharks-are-gentle-filter-feeders )
The largest known living carnivorous shark is the world is the Great White or known as the White Pointer. They can grow up to 20 feet long with the females being bigger than the males and they can weigh up to 5000lbs. ( https://owlcation.com/stem/The–Biggest-Great-White-Shark-Ever-Found )
The largest known carnivorous shark that lived on the planet is Megalodon. Megalodon was said to be anywhere from 40 feet up to 59 feet or longer. Their teeth are known to be about 7 inches long (ouch to the max). ( http://sharkopedia.discovery.com/types-of-sharks/megalodon/#megalodon-was-three-times-as-long-as-the-largest-great-white )
Megalodon teeth have been found all around the world. Like all sharks, they have bodies made of cartilage and so the teeth are the only thing that survives. Their teeth were once thought to be ‘Dragon’s Tongues’ ( http://sharkopedia.discovery.com/types-of-sharks/megalodon/#people-used-to-think-megalodon-teeth-were-dragon-tongues )