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« Reply #20 on: April 22, 2017, 09:19:11 am »

I didn't realize how many sharks don't need to keep moving.

Look at the list of sharks who must move, and those who don't and... not too surprisingly, the reef dwellers are on the list of "gulpers". The open ocean or pelagic sharks gotta keep moving. Makes sense, mostly. Great whites and others occasionally do come close to shore to feed - and make headlines, and make movies. NTL, I doubt they swim in from the ocean for nap time.  Wink

I encountered a hammerhead (from a distance - whew!) while diving on the edge of the bank around the Turks and Cacaos. My dive buddy, armed with a new camera, decided to swim after it to get a photo. I very carefully kept him between me and the shark.  firedevil

Anyway, the point is, even though the shark was over the reef, the end of the bank, and open ocean, was only a few yards away.

Rattling pedantically on... the best strategy for coping with a shark closing to nibble on you is pop it a hard one in the nose. Their noses are extremely sensitive. Most sharks are opportunists when it comes to feeding (also means they nibble on things like people wading or surfers with toes dangling off their boards - is this food or something not fun to eat?). If a potential meal is nasty, they go elsewhere. Mostly...
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« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2017, 01:23:52 pm »

I guess these sharks do not have to sleep?

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« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2017, 02:35:35 pm »

I think they, like most fish, sort of zone out instead of going beddy-bye. Moray and green eels have to keep opening and closing their mouths to breathe (which is why they seem to fearsome), and fish still need to keep their "Early Warning System" awake - never can tell when someone might be looking for a midnight snack.  EEK!
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« Reply #23 on: April 23, 2017, 09:42:26 pm »


I think they, like most fish, sort of zone out instead of going beddy-bye. Moray and green eels have to keep opening and closing their mouths to breathe (which is why they seem to fearsome), and fish still need to keep their "Early Warning System" awake - never can tell when someone might be looking for a midnight snack.  EEK!


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« Reply #24 on: April 24, 2017, 09:27:47 am »

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