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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Once again Peter Benchley and "Jaws" has mislead us!

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New research concerning the behavior of sharks has just been released  to the public. It seems that once again Hollywood and even shark experts we may have watched and listened to, are wrong about sharks again!

What I am getting at is this, new research shows that sharks are no more able to smell blood  or food or anything else in the water better than  any other species of  fish who reside in the waters of our planet!

These scientists,

"studied animals from five different species of elasmobranchii -- the scientific subclass that includes sharks -- captured in waters off the coast of Florida. They ranged from flat skates and stingrays to pointy-nosed lemon sharks and bonnethead sharks with hammer-like heads."

"Each elasmobranch spent time in a tank with equipment attached to its nose: a tube that released 20 different kinds of amino acids -- the building blocks of animal proteins that lead sharks to their prey -- and an electrode that measured the electrical impulses in the nasal cavity generated in response to smells."
"The recordings showed that, on average, sharks with more surface area in the folds inside their snouts were no better at detecting faint smells.
The five tested shark species had just about the same sensitivity as each other and as non-shark fish that have been tested in other studies. At their best, the sharks detected about one drop of scent dissolved in a billion drops of water."

You can read more about this scientific discovery at the following website:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2010-10-shark-myth-fishy.html 



It seems it is much more safe to go into waters occupied by sharks and other predators than we have been led to believe!

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