Macaroni FunShark Week!
written by Merri Cohen our Marlboro - Manalapan PM! Stay out of the Water--It's Shark Week at Discovery Channel!
Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo, Doo-Doo Doo-Doo, watch out, there's a shark in the water! What's with our crazy obsession with sharks? I remember watching the movie, "Jaws" over and over again one summer back when cable TV first came out. Needless to say, I didn't go to the beach much that summer! But, not all sharks are dangerous, remember "Bruce the Shark" from Finding Nemo. His motto was "Fish are our friends, not our food."
If you are obsessed with sharks like me, then you will love Discovery Channel's Shark Week! Check out their website: http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/shark-week/ , and you will find lots of super cool things like: 1) a live shark cam; 2) shark games, including "Shark Yourself"; and 3) a virtual shark dive. Plus, there is a TV guide for all of the great shark episodes on Discovery Channel this week. And be sure to visit your local aquarium for special Shark Week events!
Here are a few fun shark facts:
1) In some form, sharks have been around for about 400 million years. Even before dinosaurs roamed the earth, sharks hunted through the oceans! They're such good survivors that they've had little need to evolve in the last 150 million years.
2) Each type of shark has a different shaped tooth depending on their diet (the shark in the photo is a great white -- you can tell he's a carnivore just by looking at those sharp, pointy teeth!). A shark may grow and use over 20,000 teeth in its lifetime!
3) Think sharks are dangerous? The most dangerous sharks are the Great White shark, the Tiger shark, the Hammerhead shark, the Mako shark and the Bull shark. On average, there are only about 100 shark attacks each year and only 10 of those result in a human death.
4) Most people think of sharks as vicious predators. This state of mind was popularized by the movie Jaws, and more recently, by Deep Blue Sea. However, the perception is both unfortunate and incorrect, since there are relatively few unprovoked shark attacks on humans worldwide. Of the more than 350 species of shark in the worlds' oceans, only a handful of them are even considered dangerous to humans.