Enough with the Great White Shark bites and attacks on humans!!!
I know, and I know you know, that sharks do not attack humans as much as it is made out in Discovery’s Shark Week. Although Great Whites are fascinating animals the week is called shark week, not Great White week. There is so much more to sharks than Great Whites and how they bite.
Here is a list of what I would like to see during Shark Week
1) Shark Mating and Reproduction – Probably the most aggressive mating rituals of which we are aware. If you have seen the way male grey reef sharks “court” and female, you would want to charge them with assault and gang rape. Check out the video below. It would be very interesting to look at videos of various shark species doing the dirty!
2) Reef Shark Cleaning Station – I think this is one of the coolest behaviours in reef sharks and fish that I have seen. The Reef cleaning station demonstrates the gentleness of the sharks by allowing other fish and shrimp to go into their mouths and clean the parasites off their mouths. It’s amazing.
3) Largest Fish in the Sea (Whale and Baskin Sharks) – Many people are aware of Whale Sharks and Baskin Sharks and their size. However, they don’t really know about where they live and how far they travel, their reproduction, and how much they eat (or even what they eat). This episode could be divided into multiple episodes.
4) Small Sharks – We expect sharks to be large and mean. We expect them to eat people and other meat, but we don’t really know about the small colourful, cool looking sharks that have some great behaviours and characteristics. Small sharks do not get covered because they don’t cause blood baths and bite humans, but they can be really cool.
5) Shark Senses – This has to be the coolest feature of a shark and separates them from many other species. The Ampullae of Lorenzini are special sensing organs called electroreceptors. They help sharks sense electric fields in the water. These organs help sharks become great predators. Let’s look at why sharks are such successful predators instead of looking at them eating dead fish.
The more you know about sharks, the more likely we will want to conserve them.
That’s my 5 cents!