11 Things We Learnt From Shark Week 2015
Cue the Jaws music!
Shark week has come to an end, and it was certainly a full week of crazy shark adventures. The 2015 version of the staple franchise was packed with a lot of head scratching facts and myths that left you knowing way more about sharks than you ever thought you could handle.
From the evolution of the species to the anatomy of sharks, we are here to give you a rundown of some of the freakiest shark facts. Prepare to be schooled on the most predatory fish in the sea.
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1. You might be applying Shark Oil every day
Ladies, did you know that there could be some shark in your lipstick? Supposedly, many cosmetics items such as lipstick, moisturizer and eye makeup could contain shark liver oil. Rather than the stomach, the liver happens to be the largest organ in the shark's body.
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2. Mutant Ninja Sharks are an actual thing
Ninja sharks and alien sharks that glow in the dark, Yes folks these are real and waiting in the deep blue sea. Discovery Channel's, Ninja Sharks focused on six unique sharks that have the ability to adapt to their surroundings as a result of over a million years of evolution. Alien Sharks: Close Encounter also returned to Discovery with all the wonders about sharks that glow in the dark, the alien shark.
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3. It's a shark eat shark world
Before entering into the underworld, it becomes a battle of the sharks in the womb. This is known as oophagy and is most commonly found amongst sand tiger sharks. These baby sharks consume their siblings before even being born. It is survival of the fittest, the ultimate hunger games of the shark world. Not to mention, larger sharks may also prey on small species of shark.
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4. Apparently Sharks are food not friends
Sharks get eaten too. A delicacy in Chinese culture, shark fin soup is usually served during special occasions such as weddings and banquets.
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5. Sharks have cleaner teeth than you
Besides being sharp and terrifying, sharks also have better dental hygiene than human beings. Sharks have a layer of fluoride coated over their teeth, making them insusceptible to cavities. Their cavity free, pearly whites could also be from constantly sinking their teeth into unsuspecting prey.
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6. Sharks are the virgin Mary
Female sharks have the ability to have offspring without intercourse with a male partner. In this case, the embryo is able to develop without fertilization by sperm. This freaky virgin birth is scientifically classified as Parthenogenesis, a form of asexual reproduction.
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7. They're Spineless
Have you ever wondered how sharks are able to swim so smoothly? Well, it may be because they do not have bones to slow them down. Sharks are cartilaginous which means their skeleton is made up entirely of cartilage rather than bone.
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8. Sharks can dislocate their own jaws
Like snakes, sharks can dislocate their jaw to grab, hold and consume their prey. Ouch!
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9. Sharks can turn their stomachs inside out
Now this may be the most bizarre fact of them all. When sharks have indigestion they vomit by ejecting their stomach and pulling it back in through their mouth. Talk about projectile!
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10. Female Sharks have thick skin
Female sharks naturally develop thick skin to protect themselves from the intimate bites of the male shark. Male sharks will often bite the female during its mating ritual.
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11. Sharks can drown
Some species of shark suffer the risk of drowning if they stop moving. Sharks are only able to breathe by pumping water into their mouth and through their gills. Therefore they must keep swimming in order to stay alive.