h, the shark, nature's most majestic apex predator.
A few facts about the shark:
1. Contrary to popular belief, not all sharks die if they stop swimming.
Some, like nurse and bullhead sharks are very lazy swimmers, perfectly content to lie about on the ocean floor, minding their own business. Others, like the great white, mako, and whale sharks, actually do die when they stop swimming.
2. No, all sharks aren't out to eat you.
In fact, most sharks dislike the taste of humans. We’re don’t have the nummy deposits of fat they like, as is the case of seals or even delicious sardines. When sharks bite humans, they’re usually doing what’s known as an “exploratory bite” – tasting to see if something is edible.
Usually, they let go at that point.
3. But there are a couple of types that are out to get you.
About a dozen shark types are considered especially dangerous to humans, and cause most fatalities. Most of them live in Australia, because, Australia. Yes, the great white is among them – as is the bull shark, and the tiger shark…
No, whale sharks won’t eat you. Stop asking.
4. Sharks do get cancer.
Doesn’t matter what that sketchy nutrition store says, sharks get all types of benign or even malignant cancers, so don’t go eating shark cartilage or supporting anyone who does. Shark cartilage and fin fishing has decimated shark populations, leading to their collapse. This is especially important because sharks are apex predators, and they are important for maintaining the health of their ocean environments.
5. Donald Trump hates them.
Like, absolutely, positively, 100 percent cannot stand them.
How do we know? The answer starts with a very infamous porn star known as Stormy Daniels…