Saturday, November 03, 2007

Carcharodon


S WIND 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING SW 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT. W SWELL 9 FT AT 13 SECONDS.
This specimin was caught off New Zealand circa 1900...
From the Greek karcharos, which means sharp or jagged...
And odous, which means tooth...
Great white sharks live in almost all coastal and offshore waters...
That have water temps between 54° to 75° F...
Has been found at depths of 4,199 ft...
But most often found close to the surface...
The typical adult measures 13 to 16 feet...
With typical weights of 1,500 to 2,450 pounds...
The females generally larger than males...
Their Ampullae of Lorenzini enables them to detect electromagnetic fields...
Emitted by the movement of living animals...
Clearly, the white shark is a carnivore...
Dieting on fish, pinnipeds, cetaceans & other sharks...
With the accidental unlucky swimmer, diver or surfer tossed in...
An apex predator whose only threat comes from...
Humans and, in one case, Killer Whales...
Great white sharks are ovoviviparous, the eggs developing in the uterus...
Hatching there and continuing to develop until they are born...
Feeding upon unhatched sibling eggs in the womb...
At birth they are perfectly capable predators...
The litters number 8 or 9 for a single delivery...
And the cute babies are toothy 5 footers from the start...
Some estimate that great whites live 30 to 40 years...
How many if her (or his) descendants are out there swimming around?
~all info off Wikipedia

2 comments:

Mike said...

Michael Kew here--just wanted to say that the rewrite you did about my PA article on E's yesterday was one of the funniest things I've read in some time. Fucking classic! Thanks for that. Dig your blog, too.

Gaz said...

Doc,I just read this on Surfer mag's BB thought it fit this well......Told to some guys in Wyoming who tried to tell me bears are way more gnar-gnar than sharks: "A white shark is like a grizzly bear that pops out of a gopher hole and grabs you in it's maw and drags you back down."