The Japanese sawshark is a sawshark of the family Pristiophoridae, found in the northwest Pacific Ocean around Japan, Korea, and northern China. It has a flat snout, studded with teeth, which resembles a serrated saw. Protruding from the middle of the saw-like snout are two long, sensitive, whisker-like barbels. The sawshark uses these barbels, along with electro-receptors located on the underside of its saw (Ampullae of Lorenzini) to help it find prey buried in the sand as it cruises along the bottom of the ocean. [x]
A short guide to the survivors, and how to quickly identify them.
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Unpainted fuselage, olive drab inner cowlings, red-and-white painted rudders, Red Bull nose art. This aircraft was formerly owned by the CAF and flown as White Lightning until it was sold after a forced landing. She is operated out of Salzburg, Austria, by the Red Bull company.
41-7630, Lewis Air Legends
Olive drab fuselage and wings, pre-war national insignia, yellow identification markings. This aircraft was crashed in Greenland in 1942 on the way to England, and eventually recovered after over a decade of hunting for the “Lost Squadron.” She is based out of San Antonio, Texas.
42-12652, WestPac Restorations
Dark green fuselage, blue propeller spinners, “33″ numbers on vertical fins and nose, white shark-tooth markings on engine nacelles. This aircraft served in New Guinea and Australia with the 475th and 8th Fighter Groups before crashing in 1944 and being written off. She is currently based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
44-23314, Planes of Fame
Olive drab fuselage, yellow detailing on propeller spinners, vertical fins, and tail booms, “162″ aircraft number on fins and nose. This aircraft entered civilian hands shortly after the end of WWII and has been flown by the Planes of Fame since 1988 in various colors. She is based out of Chino, California.
44-26981, Allied Fighters
Unpainted fuselage, invasion stripes under the outer wing panels and tail booms, red propeller spinners, aircraft number 981 on the nose. This aircraft entered civilian hands in 1946, and has changed hands dozens of times since. She is based out of Sun Valley, Idaho.
44-27053, War Eagles Air Museum
Glossy black fuselage, silver propeller blades. This aircraft was used as an aerial surveyor after the end of WWII, before being purchased by the museum in 1994. She is based out of Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
44-27083, Erickson Aircraft Collection
Olive drab upper fuselage, light grey lower fuselage, yellow detailing on propeller spinners and vertical fins, extensive nose art on both sides of the nose. This aircraft was sold into civilian hands in 1946 and restored to airworthiness in 1996. She is based out of Madras, Oregon.
44-27183, Yanks Air Museum
Unpainted except for national insignia, original F-5 camera nose fitted instead of a fighter nose. This aircraft is airworthy although not flown by the museum. She is based out of Chino, California.
44-27231, Fagen Fighters WWII Museum
Dark green fuselage, “W” code on inside of vertical fins, “SCAT III” nose art, red rudders. This aircraft flew as a racer post-war, before being restored in 1999. She is based out of Granite Falls, Minnesota.
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44-53095, Comanche Fighters LCC
Olive drab fuselage, red band on propeller spinners, red band on tail booms, aircraft number “120″ on fins and nose, nose art of port side. This aircraft served with the Honduran Air Force postwar, before being returned to the US in 1960; she flew formerly as Putt Putt Maru. She is based out of Houston, Texas.
P-38 airframes are exceedingly rare today, although there are several under restoration for either display or airworthiness. Hopefully more of these rare fighters will return to the air again soon.
Is it true that if you thump a shark in the nose it'll leave you alone?
In most cases, yes. The shark’s nose is covered in extremely sensitive sensory organs called Ampullae of Lorenzini. Hitting or touching this spot makes all their senses go off the charts, and they’ll swim away from what’s threatening them.
One time I heard that if you’re in the water and you see a shark about to bite, you should punch it in the nose because shark noses are very sensitive and it will flee.
And I think about people who are put into uncomfortable or offensive situations at events or other social settings, and how the advice they often get is, “If somebody is being rude or inappropriate, just speak up and say something!”
And I think these two pieces of advice are pretty comparable.
Like, they’re not BAD advice, technically speaking. It’s not like either of those are the wrong thing to do. But they seem to vastly underestimate the context of the situation and the ways our brains are hardwired to respond in those scenarios.
I mean, look. If someone is in one of those situations and manages to accomplish the above suggestions, more power to them! Hive five earned!!
But I’m not gonna go visit my buddy in the hospital, look at their missing leg and be like, “Why didn’t you just punch it in the nose dude?!”
I want to live. I don’t mean go to parties and have sex with as many boys as possible or try to beat some frat guy at beer pong. I’m not saying that isn’t fun, but I want life long fun. I want to absorb information about thousands of different cultures and countries. Let’s explore the unknown and rediscover the famous artifacts. Let’s travel with only a nickel in our name, but at least we’re living. Let’s road trip for 2 weeks straight, staying in crappy motels with neon signs and cigarette trays on the nightstand. Let’s camp on the beach, in the woods, or on top of a random buildings roof. Let’s take a midnight drive and jam to our favorite throwback songs. Let’s take trips to Waffle House at 3 am and talk about everything and nothing at all. Let’s swim in the clearest and murkiest waters. Let’s touch noses with sharks and swim along side Dolphins. Let’s discover the sea as much as we possibly can. Let’s hike up a random mountain just for the sake of what the view might look like. Let’s grab the cheapest flight out to Alaska just to possibly touch the northern lights for a blink of an eye. Let’s experience snow before our earth is too warm to withstand it. Let’s go party with Italians in Venice, getting drunk on fine wine, but knowing it’ll be okay. Let’s roam New York City when the city sleeps. Let’s climb to see the Hollywood sign up close. Let’s
go play in Universal resorts and Disney land in the same week. Let’s eat macaroons under the Eiffel Tower. Let’s stand at the top of the Empire State Building and talk about our dreams. Let’s lay in hammocks in Hawaii and learn to surf after a nap under the warm sun. Lets live.
A Curtiss Kittyhawk Mark III of No 112 Squadron, Royal Air Force taxiing through the scrub at Medenine. The ground crewman on the wing is directing the pilot, whose view ahead is hindered by the aircraft’s nose while the tail is down. The aircraft displays the squadron’s distinctive ‘shark nose’ insignia.