Shark Myths Debunked

Aug 04 2011

There are many myths about sharks in regards to both there biology and there temperament.  It is no wonder, given these misconceptions, why there is so much irrational fear and in some cases malice toward the incredible animals.  Here are some shark myths that have been perpetuated:

1. Myth: Most sharks are harmful to people.   Truth: Of the more then 350 shark species, about 80% are unable to hurt people or rarely encounter people.

2. Myth: Sharks prefer human blood.  Truth: Most sharks don’t appear to be especially interested in the blood of mammals as opposed to fish blood.

3. Myth: Sharks are not discriminating eaters and scavenge the sea Truth: Most sharks prefer to eat certain types of invertebrates, fish and other animals. Some sharks eat mainly fish. Others eat other sharks or marine mammals. Some sharks are even plankton-eaters.

4. Myth: Sharks have peanut sized brains and are incapable of learning.  Truth: Sharks’ relatively large and complex brains are comparable in size to those of supposedly more advanced animals like mammals and birds. Sharks also can be trained.

5. Myth: Sharks are hard to kill.  Truth: Stress of capture weakens a shark, and so some sharks are easily killed in hook-and-line or net fishing.

6. Truth: Humans are sharks biggest threat.

Shark myths were found at Myths & Legends.

  1. I know we need them for the survival of numerous species, but they still scare the living crap out of me when I get in the ocean.

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