r/sharks is now open
A place for selachimorphaphiles to share discussion, experience, questions, photos, videos, research, original content, artwork, articles, and fashion. Pretty much anything relevant so long as it abides by our few rules.
Sharks should be appreciated, understood, and respected. Not feared, disregarded, and poached to extinction.
Sharks belong to the class Chondrichthyes meaning they have skeletons made of cartilage. Contrary to popular myths they do get cancer.
There are more than 470 species of sharks split across thirteen orders, including four orders of sharks that have gone extinct
Fossil records indicate that ancestors of modern sharks existed over ~420 million years ago, making them older than Dinosaurs! (~240 million years ago)
If you're incredibly lucky 1 in 11.5 million are the odds of a shark attack, and 1 in 264.1 million to die by a shark. In a lifetime, you are more likely to die from fireworks, lightning, drowning, a car accident, stroke, or heart disease.
For every human killed by a shark, humans kill approximately two million sharks.
Chapter 1. juvenile Shark princess befriended girl marine biologist exploring sunken ship
(the beginning of the chapter)
Under the blue waves far away from the land, pelagic sharks had their own kingdom which was ruled by a strong female oceanic whitetip shark.
“Sister, I heard some sharks saw humans talking on the sunken ship in the deep sea. That would be so interesting!” Princess Okriana, a juvenile oceanic whitetip shark, swam smoothly with her elder sister Crown Princess Ocia.
“Forget about the nonsense. Dangerous humans cannot survive in deep sea, unless they are ghosts.” Ocia definitely didn’t want to talk about it.
“Okay. But you promised to tell me about Pelagic Shark Warrior.” Okriana looked into her sister’s eyes.
“Our ancestors, prehistoric shark species, had a tough time in the prehistoric ocean. A giant mosasaur, who could use magic, intended to kill all the prehistoric sharks. Luckily, a brave ginsu shark named Gina protected other sharks from the crazy mosasaur. Gina was entitled as Pelagic Shark Warrior by other sharks. She was fearless and kind-hearted, but unluckily passed away at a battle against the mosasaur.” Ocia was very familiar with the ancestor legend.
“Wow, Gina is great! I want to be a Pelagic Shark Warrior in the modern ocean.”Okriana really loved the legend.
Ocia just smiled at her happy younger sister. She didn’t know that ever since then, Okriana had the strong determination of being a Pelagic Shark Warrior with full efforts.
Suddenly, a juvenile bigeye thresher shark dashed out of nowhere, which gave the oceanic whitetip shark sisters a shock.
“Hey Princess Okriana! This afternoon we don’t have to attend the hunting skill lesson. Time for us!” The bigeye thresher shark named Tina shouted excitedly. She was the best friend of Okriana.
After saying goodbye to Ocia who were to be occcupied by affairs of Pelagic Shark Kingdom, Okriana and Tina talked about where to explore today.
“Little princess, maybe we can explore the sunken ship near Seamount Slertia. My mom never allowed me to approach it, but we should not listen to her.” Tina advised.
“Good idea. But don’t call me princess, just call me Okriana. Or you can call me Pelagic Shark Warrior because I’m to be one someday.” Okriana laughed.A
s the two juvenile sharks swam deep down to the sunken ship, Okriana sensed something strange which gave her panic. But she decided to be as fearless as Pelagic Shark Warrior, so she didn’t cease the exploration.
Suddenly, Okriana caught sight of a shadow of humans on the deck of the sunken ship. She was shocked at the sight, and got ready to protect her friend Tina from any danger.
“Really unbelievable. How could human live in such deep water without gills and fins?” Okriana murmured to herself.
All of a sudden, Tina’s long tail got entangled by ropes around the sunken ship. Okriana noticed her trouble, and went to her rescue.
A human girl noticed the struggling thresher shark, and swam to them. She took out a sharp knife and cut loose the ropes, freeing Tina from them.
“Don’t be afraid, girls. My name is Seavora Chulin. I came from a country where people love sharks. I major in marine biology and I’m ready to help sharks.” The human girl spoke to Tina and Okriana in a gentle tone.
Okriana swam curiously near Seavora.
“But...but how is it possible that you can talk to sharks? And how can you survive in deep sea?” Okriana asked.
Seavora smirked to the cute juvenile sharks.
“Well, although I’m a marine biologist and do science, my family had the tradition of using magic of talking to sharks. I learned such magic ever since childhood. As for how I could go to deep sea, it is because we humans have the technology of deep diving, thanks to science. I’m on the scientific exploration near the sunken ship. ” Seavora explained.
Okriana and Tina gradually felt she was a friendly human. They asked if she could tell them more about the human world.
But Seavora looked at her electronic watch and sighed.
“Sorry kids, my co-workers are waiting for me. I have to leave now. But I will go to shark’s waters again for marine research. You are my first two shark friends.”Before being prepared to float to the sea surface, Seavora waved to them.
Okriana and Tina accompanied her to the surface until her shadow disappeared from their sight.“
We shall not tell other sharks about we making friends with a human girl. Otherwise we will be criticized harshly.” Okriana said to Tina.
But they didn’t notice that a juvenile blue shark watched them curiously in the distance. The boy blue shark swam swiftly away before they noticed him. It is the first time he saw a good human.
(to be continued)
Just a drawing I doodled of some sharks :]
My father in law caught this shark (and safely released it) while fishing from the beach near Naples, FL (gulf side) and I was hoping this group could help identify it. We are debating between a spinner and a bull shark, but I figured I would go to the experts for help.
For context I did saw from a pier and a tour guide follow the large fins that everybody could see and it was a large 13 foot Bull shark harassing a group of Sea Lions
What are your favorite facts or knowledge about lemon sharks?
Since bull sharks are known to travel some rivers what would happen if you put some sharks in a lake?
Hey, I have been looking for games with friendly sharks and all I have found is Abzu. Do any of you know a game where I can vibe with my sharkie friendos in peace without them being demonized?
Heard that there was a fatal incident on Tuesday involving a diver . Anyone knows any other details?
it was caught in the gulf mexico (Madeira Beach Florida) there were no black markings anywhere on its body
sidenote the education tag is for myself mostly lol
I like the shark fiction series, Shark Wars. It is about a young megalondon shark named Gray teamed up with other sharks and fought against many enemies. I love it.