Digestion of a great white shark

Seeing sharks close by gives me butterflies in my stomach (wait… that’s love?), okay then they make my stomach growl (nope, that’s when I’m hungry)… Oh, I got it! Sharks turn my stomach inside out. No! They turn their own stomachs inside out… They can’t actually vomit instead they do something similar to vomiting: gastric eversion. This is where the stomach relaxes and oesophagus contracts to “clean” any indigestible food like licence plates, parasites or bones from the stomach lining. Let’s take a look at how a shark digests its lovely not broken seal prey. The digestive system can be [...]

By | 2018-03-09T07:46:29+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Digestion of a great white shark

Muscle and Movement of a great white shark

Muscle and Movement Did you know sharks can fly? Okay, not really… but the microscopic grooves, or riblets, in shark’s skin inspired the construction of an aeroplane. Did you also know there is a material created that is similar to shark skin to prevent algae settling on the hull of ships? And engineers are attempting to integrate it into hospital coatings on surfaces to reduce infections and bacterial growth. A Great White tends to attack from beneath and behind therefore it needs to be fast and stealthy to catch prey. So let’s delve into Mother Nature’s design into an apex [...]

By | 2017-05-04T14:17:51+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Muscle and Movement of a great white shark

A great white ” nose” best

A great white " nose" best Have you ever wondered how a shark is so accurate and can smell something miles away? Maybe its because it smelled something fishy? Who nose? But let’s take a look at the tip of the issue. Did you know touching a shark’s nose sends them into a trance-like state? Please DO NOT EVER try and touch a shark’s nose – EVER (including in a cage!). Ten fingers, ten toes and smiles are what we want the most. Since we are at Blog number 5 I thought I’d switch it up and talk about the [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…Soup fin or Vaalhaai Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Soup fin or Vaalhaai Shark Found in False Bay though not exclusively, as it is rather wide spread in temperate waters, this shark is family of the houndshark and has many names; Tope Shark, Vaalhaai, School Shark and Snapper Shark. It is also sometimes referred to as the Vitamin Shark, as its liver is very high in vitamin A. And as for the name; Soupfin Shark, you would have guessed correctly if you had guessed that they are fished for their flesh, which is eaten in countries from Greece, Mexico to Britain and of course Asia.   [...]

By | 2017-05-04T14:00:50+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…Soup fin or Vaalhaai Shark

Shark Skeleton

Have you ever wondered what the inside of a shark looks like? No? Well I have. Interestingly a shark doesn’t actually have bones or a skeleton- per se. Did you know that, like a tree, you could tell a shark’s age by counting the rings in their bones? And that they aren’t like a normal piece of snoek with thousands of little bones because they do not have true bones like other fish. This is also, why a ray can “flap” like a bird. A shark is in fact made up of a lighter, flexible cartilage that is more elastic [...]

By | 2018-03-09T07:49:05+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Shark Skeleton

Let’s Talk About It, The Orca

Let’s Talk About It, The Orca   With all the “boo-ha-ha” in Gansbaai, regarding the appearance of 4 Orcas in the bay, which seemed to coincide with the disappearance of the Great White Shark population from the famous Shark Alley, I thought I would take a deeper look into this phenomenon, of course only once the sharks had returned. There seems to be differing beliefs here, some on the side of the Orca, saying they are not responsible for the disappearance of the Great Whites, as they are not a threat and others who believe they are a threat and [...]

By | 2017-04-24T07:02:50+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It, The Orca

Let’s Talk About It…Sandbar Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Sandbar Shark The Sandbar Shark is found in temperate and tropical waters, from the Western Atlantic, between Massachusetts and southern Brazil; in the eastern Atlantic from Portugal to Zaire; and in the Indo-Pacific from South Africa, our very own False Bay and KZN to the Galapagos and from Vietnam to New Caledonia. Also occurring in the Red Sea and Mediterranean, this shark is gorgeous. Not taking anything away from the others, but this little guy is just a stocky, solid shark, makes me think of a Staffie. He gets his name from being blue-greyish brown in colour [...]

By | 2017-05-04T13:37:17+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…Sandbar Shark

Fresh to Depth

Fresh to Depth Have you ever wondered what crazy person would want to put a cage in the deep blue sea? Full of sharks?? So who decided to drop a cage in a sharks den? And what does this have to do with Steven Spielberg’s movie Jaws and lions??? The history of the “invention” - or rather adaptation of the cage is quite interesting. Looking back to where it all began, the year was 1940 and Rodney Fox was born in Adelaide, Australia, he is an avid sea enthusiast with many feats include fishing, spearfishing and catching lobsters. This progressed [...]

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Let’s Talk About It…Puffadder Shyshark

Let’s Talk About It…Puffadder Shyshark Found in False Bay, amongst other areas in the Western Cape through to Angola, this shark is a species of catshark! What? Catshark, really? Yes, really and not because it looks like this! It is also known as a “Happy Eddie” but that is easier to explain, as its scientific name is Haploblepharus Edwardsii, you can see how that came to pass right? A small shark, growing to a maximum of 60cm in length (24 inches), it can be found at depth of up to 130 meters (426 feet) in rocky bottoms or habitats. It [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 November 24th, 2016|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…Puffadder Shyshark

Let’s Talk About It…Shortfin Mako Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Shortfin Mako Shark Another amazing shark to be found in the waters +- 25 miles off from False Bay amongst other temperate waters is the Shortfin Mako. Not to be confused with its cousin, the Longfin Mako; which grows to an average of 4.5 meters, the Shortfin Mako grows to a maximum of 2.5 meters weighing in at approximately 100 kilograms. As is the fact of the Longfin Mako, the Shortfin Mako is also exceptionally fast, the cheetah of the ocean if you will, reaching and surpassing 97 kph (60 mph) for extended periods of time. Sometimes [...]

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