happy shark week :)

tewateroniakwa  asked:

Oh gosh! Did Rinrin see Michael Phelps race the shark? I bet he's gonna wanna race him some time and that Rinrin is a little jelly one if his relatives did.

SHARK WEEK day one

imma draw a shark fact for every day of shark week!
hammerheads are the known to be gentle and ‘shy’. sharks also DONT eat people, we taste pretty gross, but we LOOK a lot like seals, and the first bite is their only way to test it out- and thats often enough to kill. if they’re going to eat, the first bite better kill or completely disable their prey, and they might not get another chance to eat! thats why an attack is deadly, but the sharks will not eat humans and are dissapointed when they bite into one. stay tuned for more shark facts and happy shark week! 

Happy Shark Week! There are over 400 known species of sharks in the world of all shapes and sizes. Get to know these three shark species a little better. 

Great white shark
Carcharodon carcharias

One of the world’s largest predatory fishes, great whites are at the top of the ocean food web. Far from being indiscriminate “killers,” they locate their prey—seals, sea lions, dolphins and fishes including other sharks— through smell, eyesight and a well-developed electrical sense. Attacks on humans are rare and probably cases of mistaken identity.

Thintail thresher shark
Alopias vulpinus

With a scythelike upper lobe of the tail fin as long or longer than its body, the thintail thresher is among the most easily recognizable of sharks. These migratory, open ocean giants feed mainly on small schooling fishes and squid, which they round up and stun by thrashing the water with their tails. (Image)

Whale shark
Rhincodon typus

The largest of all fish, the whale shark can reach 20 meters (65 feet) and weigh up to 20,000 kilograms (44,000 pounds). Despite their huge size, they feed by filtering small fish, squid and krill from the water. Whale sharks are thought to have a lifespan of 100 to 150 years, but relatively little is known about them. Learn more about whale sharks.

See models of each of these species in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.