August 20th, 2012
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Shark Week trivia contest last week. Hope you all had some fun and learned a little bit about sharks in the process! Check out below for our full list of answers and winners.
Question 1: The two largest fish in the ocean are sharks. Name them.
Answer: The Whale Shark and the Basking Shark.
Whale sharks can grow up to 40 feet in length. These docile animals feed primarily on plankton. Basking sharks average 20-26 feet.
WINNER: Zinn Brown
Question 2: This shark, measuring almost 60 feet in length, became extinct 1.2 million years ago.
The Megaladon shark was the largest predatory marine animal to ever live in the ocean. This massive shark had teeth that grew up to 7 inches long!
WINNER: Andrew Keihling
Question 3: What is the worlds fastest shark?
Answer: The shortfin mako shark
Shortfin mako sharks have been clocked at speeds up to 31mph. Some scientists suggest they are capable of attaining speeds up to 60mph!
WINNER: Scott Markman
Question 4: This “delicacy,” seen as a symbol of status in many countries, is responsible for the slaughter of roughly 100 million sharks per year.
Answer: Shark fin soup
Shark finning has become increasingly popular since the 1950s, resulting in an almost 90% drop in shark population. Shark fins are sold for an average of $300/lb. To learn more about shark finning check out: www.seathos.org/projects/shark-finning/ and take our pledge to end this abusive practice.
WINNER: Brittany Shamenek
Question 5: During the production of the 1975 film “Jaws,” what did the crew call the mechanical shark used?
Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg, has earned over 470 million dollars in the box office, and is widely credited for being a major contributor to our countries fascination with sharks. In the film, the fictional shark, dubbed ‘Bruce’, terrorized beachgoers along the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
WINNER: Blake Kaplan
Question 6: Name this shark!
Answer: Tiger shark
Named for the striped patterns on their sides, tiger sharks can grow up to 14 feet in length and mainly inhabit tropical and subtropical climates.
WINNER: Michelle Girard
Congratulations to all our winners! We’ll be in touch soon to get you your pair of Blu Kicks! Thanks again to everyone who played along.