Our first meme of week #4 was sent in by Leila Baker, aged 9. We absolutely loved this meme – some adults have a lot to learn from children! The media-enduced expectations of monster sharks melt away when you look past the hysteria to the beautiful and awesome creatures that swim behind the myths.
Our second meme came courtesy a good old internet search! We found this one so amusing that we had to share it with you.
That being said, we love you just the way you are goblin shark!
The goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni) likes to hang out on the sea floor at up to 1, 300m deep and is thought to be able to grow to between 5.5 and 6m in length. They have ultra-awesome jaws that can rapidly extend to help them snap up their food and are considered rare. Their rarity means that relatively little is known about them.
Our memes this week feature one of our all time favourite types of shark; one of the most unusually shaped, instantly recognisable and beloved group of creatures of the ocean. That’s right…..STOP! It’s HAMMER TIME.
Lots of people assume that the hammerhead’s hammer is all about electroreception- not true! Because hammerhead’s eyes are placed at the end of their T-shaped heads, their field of vision is so great that they can see 360 degrees around themselves. Where these fields overlap in front and behind their heads, they have stereo vision which gives them enhanced depth perception. AWESOME. This is a picture of a scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini), a species that forms huge seasonal schools.
Oceanic White Tip
Our second Shark Meme Monday #5 offering was of an oceanic white tip (Carcharhinus longimanus).
The longimanus part of their scientific name comes from the Latin for “long hands” and was given to them because they have extra long pectoral fins which help them glide across vast areas of the open ocean.
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