Shark Week

Never-ending teeth, ninjas, and cannibalistic nurseries – 10 amazing facts for Shark Week

Posted by Willie — 8 August 2013 at 4:02pm - Comments
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Sharks have a never-ending supply of teeth. They regenerate replacement dentition on an inexhaustible toothy conveyor belt ... which explains why you see so few shark dentists.

But sharks are not all about teeth, despite the bad press. Filter feeders like the megamouth shark, are mostly big (but harmless) mouths; the winghead shark has a head half the length of its body, and; the thresher sharks have a huge tai (ideal for stunning fish before eating them) that can be the same length as its body.

Shark Week: naming and shaming the world’s most ridiculous sharks

Posted by Willie — 7 August 2013 at 2:07pm - Comments
Less scary, more ridiculous - some names we give sharks seem pretty unflattering
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Sharks don't half get called some silly names

Lots of people are frightened of sharks. That makes some sense if you think all sharks are relentless man-eating teeth-machines, but in reality the vast majority of them are much more scared of us, or they should be. There are over 350 species of sharks around the world, but they don’t all get to grab the headlines or star in feature film franchises. So in honour of Shark Week, and to show you how daft it is to be irrationally fearful of some of these critters, here’s a quick guide to the silliest-named sharks in our oceans.

In pictures: swimming with sharks

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 6 August 2013 at 11:52am - Comments
Whale Shark
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Whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay

It’s Shark Week! This collection of photos from our archive supports Discovery Channel’s celebration of these amazing species and the television programme’s aim to raise awareness and respect for sharks.

The essential Greenpeace guide to surviving a shark attack

Posted by Willie — 6 August 2013 at 10:36am - Comments
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Giving a hungry shark something else to chew on might be a good tactic.

It’s Shark Week. Despite us trying to tell you otherwise, some of you still worry about getting chomped by a shark. So, to allay your fears and help give you some practical ways to avoid being shark sushi, here is the handy Greenpeace guide to avoiding shark attacks.

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