Unravelling the ‘Jaws’ myth

Scientists have long had a (debatedly) unhealthy fascination for potentially dangerous wild animals. A curiosity for anything with sharp teeth, claws, fangs, tusks, and an instinct for survival so strong they could easily shred you to pieces. Call it the thrill of danger , or the strange excitement stemming from being upclose with some of the world’s most lethal predators. […]

Warm blood gives sharks and tunas superspeed

Although shark movies like Jaws and Sharknado 1, 2, 3 (the list goes on…) may portray sharks in an unrealistically menacing light, they are correct in that sharks are fast. Real fast. But the sharks (known scientifically as elasmobranchs, part of the cartilaginous fish group – which means their skeletons are made of tough, flexible […]

Jaws: The Deadly Myth

We have all seen, or at least heard of, the famous thriller/horror film Jaws. It induced nightmares and possibly a hatred of sharks in the general public, so that today people still seem to think that these sleek predators are terrifying, prolific man-eaters that Jaws portrays them to be. I think it is high time people understood the truth. Recently […]

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