After watching the movie Jaws one might stop taking baths. And it’s not surprising. However, there are some people who are fond of sharks. And one of these individuals is Dave Ebert. This man traveled the globe and documented hundreds of mysterious creatures. Below is the list of Top 5 Most Unique Sharks.
Most Unique Sharks: The Frilled Shark
I think all shark lovers know about the rare — supposedly extinct — Frilled shark caught in Japan. Being a bottom feeder, it’s rather small and has a long body. These sharks may be the closest to their prehistoric roots, although the rare one (confirmed a female) that was observed was in shallow water is not a great example, because she was obviously sick. A deep sea creature will not venture into shallows unless there is something wrong.
Anyway, this rare find is my personal favorite. Researchers were able to observe her in a controlled environment for a few hours before she died.
Most Unique Sharks: The Greenland Shark
I actually didn’t know about the Greenland Shark until recently. But this shark has quickly become my favorite. This particular one can live in water that is (by human standards) horrifyingly cold (including northern fresh water lakes).
It’s rare that sharks will survive in fresh water (though it’s not unheard of), but the Greenland Shark is commonly associated with deep, deep, deep (and cold) lakes and arctic oceans. Because of the cold temperatures these creatures live in, they are some of the slowest sharks recorded. But don’t let that fool you. Inuit legends tell tales of the shark devouring kayakers whole! Yet, since they live so deep, modern sightings are rare.
Most Unique Sharks: The Hammerhead
Hammerheads have always — and still do — fascinate me. Before Jaws, the name “hammerhead” made me think they were the worst of the bunch. But, turns out, the hammer head is not the most likely to swim up and take a taste. The fear comes from their head shape: the flat, wide-eyed skull.
When I think of the hammerhead, I think of the flounder. And not Flounder from “The Little Mermaid”…an actual flounder. They have evolved to camouflage themselves with respect to both color and shape. The flounder live flat on the sea-bed, with two protruding eyes bulging out.
The shape of the hammerhead is still…well…debated. The intimidating flat face could be for the aerodynamics of the sea, or an outdated, evolutionary trait.
Most Unique Sharks: The Bull Shark
The bull shark has kept me from swimming in rivers from an early age. It’s more aggressive than the Great White, and it can swim up aqueducts for miles. It is known for its aggressive nature, even though it matures to be smaller than the great white. There are accounts of bull sharks attacking people in fresh water since the nineteenth century. What the bull shark has (and whites don’t) is an ability to store salt that is already present in their body. The bull shark may be smaller, but it is actually responsible for more attacks on humans than the great white shark.
Back To Dave Ebert
Dave has named species of known sharks and the rare ones (including the southern African frilled shark). Ebert continues to visit his favorite fish market in Taiwan in search of something new. Up to this moment, Dave Ebert has identified at least 24 types of sharks, many of whom uncanny to what we think a shark is. They don’t have to be big. They don’t have to be aggressive. But they are an evolutionary wonder.
I guess… size doesn’t matter?