drb
logo
airplanes | animals | architecture | art | auto | boats | famous | cool ads | funny pics | food | futurism | gadgets | history | japan
military | music | nature | photo | russia | sci-fi | signs | space | sports | steampunk | technology | trains | travel | vintage | weird


Sharks: Cruise Missiles of the Deep


"QUANTUM SHOT" #474
Link - Article by Avi Abrams and Lauren Axelrod


Jaws... Cue the Music.

They are perfect, relentless and always hungry. They never sleep and prowl the seas like nuclear-powered torpedoes. That would be a pretty bad rap for anybody, even though few sharks would attack a human without being provoked. Scientists claim that sharks kill without ill will or premeditation and thus cannot be labeled 'malicious'. Yeah, right :)

Great White (and Smirking) Killing Machine

These guys hang around the shores of South Australia, South Africa and often approach divers with a friendly nuzzle and a line "Are you talking to me?" -


(image credit: Sue Hickton)



Such images lend themselves very well to Photoshop:



These sharks have reputation as vicious predators, yet they are not unsystematic "eating machines". They attack from below in order to investigate what is floating on the surface.


(image via)


(image via)


(image credit: David Doubilet, National Geographic)

Great white sharks not only swim, they FLY!




See more pictures of the amazing hunt of great white sharks for seals in False Bay here.


(image credit: Eric Cheng)

This is definitely going to increase your confidence at sea: the enormous monster breaching the waves and flying at you with bloody dripping jaws. OK, it may not happen with such vivid color, but still....


(image credit: Lars-Gunnar Svard)

The Tiger shark is the fourth largest predatory shark. This shark is a solitary hunter, usually hunting at night. Its name is derivative from the dark stripes down its body, which grow fainter as the shark matures. It is infamous for attacks on swimmers, divers and surfers in Hawaii and is often referred to as "the wastebasket of the sea".


(image credit: Lars Kirchhoff)

Make way! The Boss is coming -


(image credit: Christie Fisher)

The tiger shark with a little "afternoon snack" -


(image credit: Christie Fisher)

Bull sharks often cruise through shallow waters and can suddenly burst into speed and can be highly aggressive. They are extremely territorial and will attack other animals and humans that enter their territory. Bull sharks are among the four species considered to be most dangerous to humans.


(images by wiki and Joe)

Here is a bit more aggressive photography:


(images via)

The first image shows the Shortfin Mako shark, one of the species that's officially responsible for eight unprovoked attacks on humans with two ending in fatality and twenty boat attacks.

In terms of size though, even the largest shark found on Earth today looks simply microscopic, compared to the size of prehistoric monsters, such as this Liopleurodon:


(image credit: Mark Witton)

Note that close to Liopleurodon's mouth is not a shark, but a huge plesiosaur, in itself the size of medium boat.

A few amazing facts about sharks: - via

- A shark does not have one bone in its body. Its skeleton is made up of cartilage. Cartilage is a tough material, like the material that shapes your ear.
- The Swell Shark, found in New Zealand, barks like a dog.
- Weird things have been found inside a shark, such as a bottle of wine, a treasure chest, a suit of armor, a drum and a torpedo.
- A shark’s skin is covered with denticles, which are small, razor-sharp teeth.

Not all huge sharks live in the warm or tropical waters. There is a shark species (still in many ways a mystery to biologists) that lives deep in the Artic water - sometimes as deep as 600 meters:

Greenland Sharks Lurk Beneath the Arctic Ice

The sleeper shark.... the "gurry" shark: the largest of Greenland sharks are comparable in size with the great white shark, although there is no record of them ever attacking humans. Check out these teeth though: small but razor-sharp -


(images by Nick Caloyianis National Geographic, and Canadian Shark Research Lab)

"Forget the cold. I kicked my fins and swam toward the shadowy figure. It turned and began moving toward me. I was face-to-face with a Greenland shark. I’d seen drawings and paintings of the fish, but this was utterly different. It was ghoulish. Its nostrils were the largest I had ever seen on a shark. They reminded me of a giant double-barreled shotgun. Its mouth was slightly open, revealing rows of small sharp teeth. Its eyes looked fogged over, like those of a dead fish, and from each one dangled a tasseled parasite." (Nick Caloyianis)

These guys are nearly blind, but they have a mouth big enough to eat a full-grown seal as some kind of muffin. There are also stories of these sharks attacking caribou as they drink from the mouths of rivers... and eating polar bears. So here you go.

OK, I am sure you are wondering by now, which shark has the biggest mouth and what exactly size of prey it can swallow. Check this out -

A Megamouth Shark!

This extremely rare (only a few have been seen so far) deep water shark has an enormous mouth with big flabby lips... Not just enormous, but freaking ILLUMINATED mouth (to attract some plankton to the light). Read more info here, it seems it's more of a relative to the ancient Coelacanth than normal sharks.


(image via US National Archives)


(images by Tom Haight, B. Hutchins, Marylin Baldo)

This is a species we did not know existed until 1976: only 41 such sharks have been found so far.


(image credit: Steve, Bruce Rasner)

And then there is a Ghost Shark with a big yellow eye, lighting up the creepy deeps like a sickly lantern:


(image via)

Ghost sharks (or "elephant sharks") have very strange long snouts, different from other sharks, and slimy, weirdly smooth skin (not the usual scales).


(image credit: Fir002)

And to finish this slighlty unsettling overview of the world's most efficient predators, please have a look at this Ghost Shark Egg:
(Most sharks give birth to their babies. Only a few sharks lay eggs)


(image credit: nuytsia)

It's more than a little otherworldly. Aliens would like to research this egg to better adapt to breeding in Earth's oceans.

Also Read: Odd-looking Marine Animals you Never Knew Existed and Out-of-this-world Fishing


Permanent Link......+StumbleUpon ...+Facebook
Category: Animals,Nature



RECENT ARTICLES:


Enchanting Waterfall Island

Like the Nagrand region in World of Warcraft

DRB Feel-Good
DRB Feel-Good Issue #16

Loads of cool and rare imagery


Auto Oops! Bizarre Car Accidents, Part 7

New batch of maddeningly mysterious wrecks



"Dark Roasted Blend" - All Kinds of Weird and Wonderful Things, Discovered Daily!"

DRB is a top-ranked and respected source for the best in art, travel and fascinating technology, with a highly visual presentation. Our in-depth articles in many categories make DRB a highly visual online magazine, bringing you quality entertainment every time you open your "feed" reader or visit our site - About DRB

Connect with us and become part of DRB on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus; make sure to subscribe to our updates.

Our mobile site: http://mobile.darkroastedblend.com. You can also read us on iPad, as part of the Flipboard popular free app.



YOUR COMMENTS::

23 Comments:

Blogger Kris said...

[...] So very, very cool [...]

___  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>> "Scientists claim that sharks kill
>> "without ill will... Yeah, right."


Yeah, right?

So you would trust your personal emotions, or urban legends, rather than scientific experiments?

___  
Blogger Avi Abrams said...

That was sarcasm / irony. Scientists are right, of course.

___  
Blogger Emily Veinglory said...

Irony aside you seem to be pushing the usual shark line (just liek all the shark documentary that spout a conservation lien or two but are mostly 'blood in the water' recreations). A passing comment about the plummeting number of most species and the involvement of gratuitous catching and killing as 'trophies' would have been appreciated.

A shark attack is by defintion "provoked" by something and those of us who grew up in area where sharks can be found know that the 'always hungry, perfect killing machine' blah blah blah line is most just a moral panic. Shark attacks are rare and either freak attacks of someone swimming where locals would have told them not to.

Sharks are fascinating for reasons other than having teeth. Recent telemetry data from Australiasia show how great whites migrate over previously unsuspected huge distances. So even when we protect them in one area they can still be wiped out in other. perhaps some stories like that might be nice?

___  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before getting the wrong idea about these noble creatures, I suggest that you all try and get a hold of the following movie called "Sharkwater"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0856008/

These noble creatures have been around for 400,000 years and are slowly being rendered extinct by Asian companies who set up illegal sharkfin businesses in Costa Rica. All for supposedly aphrodisical purposes.

In addition, sharks are not the blood thirsty predators that Hollywood has made us think they are. Get this movie, watch it- then see how your views change as to who the real monsters are.

___  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Co Writer-Lauren

In my original article, the "Yeah right" was not present.

Just in case me friends at Triond check this out, the article has been changed to fit the guidelines of this website. Thanks for understanding.

___  
Anonymous KaiserTroll said...

Indeed sharks rarely attack people without some kind of provocation, unless their usual behavior have changed because of some ecological accident or poisoning of the big fish.

You can count the number of shark attacks on your fingers (mostly in Australia I mean, and only with your hand's fingers).

___  
Blogger Lost in Arizona said...

Awesoommee! So awesome. One day I'd like to go to the coast of South Africa so I can watch those bad boys jump into the air catching their "snacks." You outdid yourself with this one. Too cool.

___  
Anonymous Kim Buck said...

Oh my...I may never get back in the water.

Kim Buck

___  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Thanks so much for the comments everyone. This was a fun piece to write.

___  
Anonymous CHAN LEE PENG said...

Excellent and impressive!

___  
Anonymous Judy Sheldon said...

Great article!

___  
Anonymous Jamil said...

I usually get scared when I go into the ocean. The water, you can't see more then an inch so who knows whats down there. These pictures don't help!

___  
Blogger My Writing said...

Stunning ... cool ... fantastic

___  
Anonymous C. Jordan said...

You know, I think I've just gone off snorkeling.

___  
Blogger Zav said...

Sharks do have bones in their bodies. Their upper and lower jaws. That Ghost Shark does not not look like a shark, because it has dorsal fin rays. Also, THE coolest things about sharks is that they do not have intestines, they have a spiral valve that is much more orderly than our 26 feet of guts and they have Ampules of Lorenzini. The ampules are able to detect muscle contractions through electrical discharge in the water. Each shark comes equipped with these little detectors for all the other items in the sea that have muscles in them.

___  
Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Thank you Zav, most enlightening comment... Spiral valve FTW

___  
Blogger Kaseys View said...

Very nice article.
But I'll probably never swim in the ocean again:)

___  
Blogger Avi Abrams said...

We contact every photographer (wherever the source is known) and obtain permissions from them. If the source is not known, we ask for more info and will take photo down if needed.

___  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a person who's frequently in the water, I find it very disturbing that people (photographers, tourism operators etc.) are teaching sharks to approach boats to be hand-fed. These creatures are very intelligent - Great Whites can swim thousands of kilometres/miles to arrive at a known feeding spot on the same day each year. So why would anyone with a brain be teaching such creatures to approach boats for a treat? What happens if you’re in the boat, and you have no shark treats?? Seriously, folks, keep your distance from sharks. They are wild creatures, and they don’t need to be close to us. We have a bad record for species extermination.

___  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the first ghost shark photo is actually a Chimaera monstrosa

___  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great article! I love anything shark-related, and this was some new information for me. Keep writing!

___  
Anonymous Coffee Temptation said...

Ok, so my sister just found that exact same shark egg on the beach this morning at Collendina, next to Ocean Grove in Victoria, Australia. A very unusual find for the area! No storms or anything lately. It has taken all day to work out what is was! So what do you do with a shark egg these days?

___  

Post a Comment

<< Home


SF ART & BOOK REVIEWS:
Don't miss: The Ultimate Guide to NEW SF&F Writers!
Fiction Reviews: Classic Cyberpunk: Extreme Fiction
Short Fiction Reviews: Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness" (with pics)
New Fiction Reviews: The Surreal Office



READ OTHER RECENT ARTICLES:



Mind-Blowing Optical Illusions, Part 6

"The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them"


Exceptional British 1950s Scifi Artwork

Quintessential Space Pulp Art by Ron Turner and others


Extreme Parenting & Wild, Wild Kids! Part 2

The Joys and Perils of Having Interesting Kids


Creation and Destruction of Sand Mandalas

Profound Art Ritual Reflecting the Sanctity of Our Lives


Funny Sports Update

Underwater Ice Hockey, Extreme Stunts, etc.(Pics)


The New Motor, or the Steam-Powered Messiah

The strange, true tale (plus some wicked cyberpunk art)


Machines Alive! The Whimsical Art of Boris Artzybasheff

Is it a dream, or a nightmare?


Automated Musical Instruments

Music Robots: No Performer Necessary


American Supersonic Airliners:
Race for a Dream


Supersonic Marvels, Largely Forgotten Today


Pulp Pleasures: Eando Binder

"Where Eternity Ends" and other rare gems


Epic Fantasy: the Start of the Journey

Part 2 of our "Best Classic Fantasy" series


Strange Shadows: Best Classic Fantasy

Fantasy "Glitches in the Matrix", Epic Lands, and more!


FULL ARCHIVES (with previews, fast loading):

Feb-March 2014 -- January 2014 -- Oct-Dec 2013 --
September 2013 -- August 2013 -- July 2013 -- May-June 2013 -- April 2013 --
March 2013 -- February 2013 -- Dec-Jan 2013 --
November 2012 -- October 2012 -- September 2012 --
August 2012 -- July 2012 -- June 2012 -- May 2012 -- April 2012 --
March 2012 -- February 2012 -- Dec-Jan 2012 --
November 2011 -- October 2011 -- September 2011 --
August 2011 -- July 2011 -- June 2011 --
May 2011 -- April 2011 -- March 2011 --
February 2011 -- January 2011 -- December 2010 --
November 2010 -- October 2010 -- September 2010 --
August 2010 - July 2010 -- June 2010 --
May 2010 -- April 2010 -- March 2010 --
Winter 2009-2010 -- Oct-Nov 2009 -- September 2009 --
August 2009 -- June-July 2009 -- May 2009 --
April 2009 -- March 2009 -- February 2009 --
January 2009 -- December 2008 -- November 2008 --
October 2008 -- September 2008 -- August 2008 --
July 2008 -- June 2008 -- May 2008 --
April 2008 -- March 2008 -- February 2008 --
January 2008 -- Dec, 2007 -- November 2007 --
October 2007 -- September 2007 -- August 2007 --
July 2007 -- June 2007 -- May 2007 --
April 2007 -- March 2007 -- February 2007 --
January 2007 -- December 2006 -- November 2006 --
October 2006 -- Link Latte Issues -- Biscotti Issues



CATEGORIES:
airplanes | animals | architecture | art | auto | boats | books | cool ads | funny pics | famous | futurism | food
gadgets | health | history | humour | japan | internet | link latte | military | music | nature | photo | russia | steampunk
sci-fi & fantasy | signs | space | sports | technology | trains | travel | vintage | weird




















Airplanes
Animals
Architecture
Art
Auto
Boats
Computers
Cool Ads
Extreme Weather
Food
Funny Pics
Futurism
Gadgets
History
Humour
Link Latte
Military
Music
Nature
Oops Accidents
Photography
Robots
Science
Science Fiction

Space
Sports
Technology
Trains
Travel
UE Abandoned
Vintage
Weird











Avi Abrams
Rachel Abrams
M. Christian
Simon Rose
Paul Schilperoord
Scott Seegert
Constantine vonHoffman


Send us your topic ideas, site suggestions, rants or sweet unpublished poetry. We love to hear from you.

Samsung Galaxy Case friendly.