Here follows some fun facts about sharks....
Mark Jenkins once said the following:
“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.”
This is so true. Obviously, we live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.
I love travelling just like “great whites”. They love to explore, to discover…and live in almost all coastal and offshore waters in the world. Yes, almost like Adele rolling in the deep…
And yes, sharks are “explorers”… This magnificent animal has been found in the waters off Australia, South Africa, Japan, most of South America, Hawaii, the Gulf, the east coast of the United States of America, West Africa, Scandinavia, the eastern coast of China, Alaska, New Zealand, southern Russia and the Mediterranean Sea. Although it prefers the warmer waters, it is clear that this species is not averse to the chilly waters of the northern hemisphere, particularly around Alaska and Canada. The larger Great Whites have been known to swim across oceans, underlining their need to be able to adapt to different conditions and temperatures.
Do I have your attention now? Let me tell you a story about a feisty, determined female great white that made headlines in all major news reports around the globe…
A 3.8 meter long female Great White Shark (Nicole) , tagged at Dyer Island, Gansbaai and identified by her unique fin-print by Michael Scholl (White Shark Trust), has completed the first known transoceanic return migration in 2005, travelling farther than any other known Shark, more than 20'000 kilometers from South Africa to Australia and back again in less than nine months. The shark – named after the shark-loving actress Nicole Kidman – amazed scientists in discovering that female great whites made such long-distance journeys because until now females were thought to stay within the region of the ocean where they were born.
Now how does that sounds? A tale out of the blue…but with valuable insights on the behaviour of this animal. Or moreover …a true, real, remarkable shark scientific contribution that would enable humankind to better conserve these animals.
Fact: The more knowledge that swimmer, divers, surfers and researchers have on sharks, the more likely they are to be able to protect these valuable species.
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