Incredible Facts about Sharks
in the Caribbean
|Although sharks are highly feared by many, the more facts about sharks that you know, the more you will grow to understand them and their importance in this world.|
On my scuba diving adventures in the Caribbean I have had shark encounters but it is always great to get to know interesting tidbits before hitting the water.
- They are as ancient as dinosaurs, they've been here for over 100 million years.
- Its internal structure is made up of cartilage unlike humans who have bones as a skeleton.
- The biggest fish in the world prize goes to the Whale shark.
- Sharks occupy only 30% of the ocean waters with some shark species preferring warmer climates like the Caribbean.
- Sharks found in the Caribbean are the Tiger shark, Bull shark, Whale shark, Hammerhead shark, Great White shark, Caribbean reef Shark, Nurse Shark and Lemon Shark.
- Not all Caribbean sharks are interested in eating meat such as the whale shark which eat plankton.
- Sharks eat 2% of its body weight in food and the may not eat again for months.
- Sharks may be at the top of the food chain but they get eaten by killer whales from time to time.
- They are mostly indifferent to humans unless provoked or their habitat is being threatened.
- While scuba diving you will commonly find nurse sharks dwelling at the bottom of the ocean floor.
- Hammerheads have impeccable senses because of the shape of its head. With an excellent sense of sight and smell.
- Even though it is very docile whale sharks are currently endangered due to overfishing.
- One of the most abundant and protected areas to see a wide variety of sharks is in the Bahamas.
Conserving the shark population is the only way to ensure that they are around for generations.
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