Mollie's Adventures

Learning something new everyday

Lions of the Sea

Fun fact of the day…

Without large sharks, octopus populations would jump, which would then decrease the number of lobsters, since they are one of the octopus’ favorite snacks.

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/lists/top-shark-facts.htm

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Angel and devil

Fun fact of the day…

Angel sharks, also known as sand devils, will dig themselves into piles of sand. They lie in wait, waiting for unsuspecting fish to pass by before rising up and attacking

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/lists/top-shark-facts.htm

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Rows of sharp teeth you say?

Fun fact of the day…

Even though sharks have rows and rows of razor-sharp teeth, they don’t use their pearly whites to chew their prey. Shark teeth are strictly for ripping, and the resulting chunks are swallowed whole.

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/lists/top-shark-facts.htm

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Fear of sharks?

Fun fact of the day…

Galeophobia is the excessive fear of sharks. It comes from the Greek word “galeos,” which was a particular type of shark.

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/lists/top-shark-facts.htm

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Do not close your eyes!

Fun fact of the day…

Instead of closing its eyelids, a great white shark rolls its eyes into the back of its head when it attacks. This behavior helps the shark protect its eyes from debris and the thrashing of its prey.

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/lists/top-shark-facts.htm

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Cartilage

Fun fact of the day…

Sharks’ skeletons are made of cartilage, an elastic tissue that is much softer than bones. When a shark dies, salt from the ocean water completely dissolves its skeleton, leaving only the shark’s teeth behind.

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/lists/top-shark-facts.htm

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Mermaid Purse

Fun fact of the day…

Exactly how a shark comes into the world depends on its species. Some, such as horn sharks, hatch from egg cases called “mermaid’s purses.” These tough, leathery pouches protect the eggs while the sharks are growing.

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/lists/top-shark-facts.htm

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Shark designed car…hovercraft

Fun fact of the day…

Turkish car designer Kazim Doku designed a concept car modeled after the body of a shark. It’s a hovercraft — after all, sharks glide through the water and don’t clunk around on land — that won Audi and Milan’s Domus Academy’s 2008 Desire Design Competition.

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2009-03/06/audi-shark-hovercraft-has-teeth

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Frilled Shark

Fun fact of the day…

The frilled shark’s circular mouth, filled with more than 300 spiny teeth, earns it the nickname of the modern Loch Ness monster. You won’t find it near Scotland, though; it calls the oceans around Japan, New Zealand and Africa home.

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/lists/top-shark-facts.htm

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Martha’s Vineyard Anyone?

Fun fact of the day…

Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island were inspirations for the fictional town of Amity Island in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller Jaws. The movie may have contributed to a decline in beach attendance in the late 1970s, even though great white sharks are said to be uncommon in northeastern waters.

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/lists/top-shark-facts.htm

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