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craner
14-12-2004, 02:35 AM
I haven't worked out how to introduce this thread yet. But I think it's necessary.

So, um, what's your favorite shark?

I like the megamouth shark, myself. But I'm weird.

You? And why?

Purple prose, please.

rewch
14-12-2004, 09:45 AM
now this is a real thread... i can see why you'd like the megamouth since it is a fairly recentt addition to the elasmobranch family... and especially since one of the first specimens was discovered after it had swallowed a us warship's parachute anchor... i like the greenland shark since it has anti-freeze for blood, is a bit of a throwback and is rumoured to have picked off many survivors of the titanic... but i think all sharks are pretty interesting... they do however give me the willies

Woebot
14-12-2004, 10:26 AM
whale sharks are my favourite. they have that exquisite mottled skin and they're so large, the largest fish in the world (thy're not mammals) also they're rather sweetly docile but have that groovy shark look. the fish that has it all....

rewch
14-12-2004, 02:52 PM
something very reassuring about something so large being so harmless...rather like vegetarian dinosaurs

wobeggone sharks are grand too...but very weird

rewch
14-12-2004, 03:00 PM
also there are some interesting theories that the biggest mofo of all carcharadon megalodon may not be extinct after all...its the one that makes the great white look like a goldfish...you can buy its teeth on the internet, but teeth have been recovered that are apparently less than 10,000 years old...and if the megaladon lasted that long where are they now?

nick.K
14-12-2004, 06:11 PM
it's tough to find a favourite. i was fond of crap sharks (or pathetic sharks) from viz in the 80s, they were scared of people, water, fish, everything and spent their whole time chatting about inconsequential stuff, weather, clothes, and whenever something'd happen or they were called upon to act, they'd fall into hysterics or run away

no, I do like the real things. no particular favourite but I'm keen on the outrageous facts marine biologists turn up. that some sharks can't stop moving else they stop breathing. and I somehow used to think that they didn't stop living until they were killed by another predator, like perpetual motion submarines. bollox of course, but it sounds good. can't remember where i got the idea from, but it always stuck with me. perhaps it's cause they're are so out of place in our world. Sharks haven't changed their design for millions years, evolving before the dinosaurs had made an appearance, a living document of the world 300 million years ago.

jd_
14-12-2004, 07:40 PM
I found a severed shark's head washed up on a beach when I was a kid. Spent forever trying to dig some of it's teeth out with a spoon but I didn't get anywhere and eventually noticed the circling cobos so I abandoned it to them.

I was always into the hammer heads because their name is great and they look fucked up.

turtles
14-12-2004, 07:52 PM
I was always into the hammer heads because their name is great and they look fucked up.
Dude! Totally agree. I mean their heads are shaped like hammers!! Can you imagine how messed up the world would be if "hammer" was the default head shape instead of "roughly ovoid"? It would be messed, but in a really good way.

mind_philip
14-12-2004, 10:23 PM
There is a picture of me standing inside a recreated set of megalodon jaws somewhere. I think it was taken in New Orleans.

Woebot
16-12-2004, 10:27 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4034383.stm

Karl Kraft
16-12-2004, 03:09 PM
I always loved the Goblin Shark ever since I saw it in my "book of animal eccentrics". Its a deep sea shark, and seemingly like all deep sea creatures is wonderfully other worldly, plus it has a retractible mouth like geiger's Alien!

http://www.amonline.net.au/fishes/fishfacts/fish/mowstoni.htm

Randy Watson
17-12-2004, 01:28 PM
For pure WTF I agree with jd_ and bipedal, it's got to be the Hammerhead. How did it evolve to that?

I witnessed a shark dissection at the Durban Sharks Board earlier this year. No human arms or licence plates in the stomach, just a load a mackerel. I almost asked for my money back. :D

The biggest surprise was the size of the liver, which took up about 3/4 of the body cavity. Apparently it plays a vital role in providing ballast.

rewch
17-12-2004, 02:25 PM
disturbing message about the future of our ancient & toothy cousins:

http://www.sharks.org/Stan2005.htm

& a plea for cash!

sufi
17-12-2004, 02:55 PM
The biggest surprise was the size of the liver, which took up about 3/4 of the body cavity. Apparently it plays a vital role in providing ballast.
mmm i have happy memories of eating shark liver with paolo & a few musicians on the beach in dakar, senegal.
the fishermen had jus brought in their catch and gave us the sharks cos they ain't halal, (apparently, because they can eat people)
we cooked up the livers in an old corn beef tin & devoured with wiskey & ice (also not halal) accompanied by guitar and djembe, singing for dinner, mmm

rewch
17-12-2004, 04:42 PM
mmm...deelicious...in al-hudaydah in yemen i used to go & hang out with the fishermen bringing in their catches & they always had lots of hammerheads...they were also very cheap (see sufi above)...but we could never get the ice for the whisky...on another note contrary to my assertions about megalodon there is a good article here (http://www.ncf.carleton.ca/~bz050/megalodon.html) on why they couldn't have survived extinction

nick.K
17-12-2004, 09:11 PM
i had a nightmare (lucid dream) about woebot and sharks last night. the sharks were eating themselves, their own bodies, in a feeding frenzy. matt kept an eye out while I tried to reason with them. it's unresolved, sharks are living fossils, they terrify me

nomos
20-12-2004, 11:42 PM
i had a nightmare (lucid dream) about woebot and sharks last night. the sharks were eating themselves, their own bodies, in a feeding frenzy. matt kept an eye out while I tried to reason with them. it's unresolved, sharks are living fossils, they terrify me
LOL.
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During the summer of 2001, the American cable news media was very diligent in its monitoring of the shark situation. If memory serves, citizens were being devoured left and right. Then, come September, terrorists were suddenly the new big threat and the whole shark thing just fell off the map. Blatant smokescreen.

craner
21-12-2004, 11:19 PM
so what about all these reports in the news about the recent evolutionary leap in Great White feeding habits?

Sharks attacking people and then coming back to finish them off.

Sharks working in pairs, tag teams in Perth, etc.

rewch
22-12-2004, 11:10 AM
sounds most interesting...examples please...

nick.K
22-12-2004, 12:11 PM
was forcibly ejected from an international golf tournament for shouting 'the g-g-g-great. w-w-w-wh-y-yy-te. s-s-s-shyyaaaaaark!' everytime greg norman tee-ed off. ok, i was a teenager: working as a caddy and drinking all the half empty magnums. hell, it was the 80s. no excuse but we're all young once.

jenks
22-12-2004, 12:49 PM
I seem to remember a Lenny Bruce monologue about shark's livers being the key ingedient in Preparation h. would this be true, i wonder?

craner
24-12-2004, 01:57 AM
"We may find the person simply floating in the water, we may find bits of clothing, at this stage we're just looking for anything..."

tag team sharks off Perth (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3884489.stm)

tag teams off Adelaide (http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11709488%255E421,00.html)

"It was quite horrific, but also quite quick"

more of the same (http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11714059%255E2,00.html)

and, finally, the stories about Nick Peterson (a handsome young surfer) and Tyna Webb (an oap who liked to swim) (http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1376882,00.html)

it says: "Witnesses in a helicopter described the shape of a great white shark, bigger than the machine they peered from, swimming from the scene apparently with a body in its jaws."

Yikes!

rewch
24-12-2004, 09:44 AM
thank you for those...only the first & last worked for me, but have been having problems with australian websites recently for some reason...

dunno though...the first could be coincidence & the last looks like a nice bit off sensationalist selective journalism...the fact remains these are large predators wiith big teeth & bigger hungers...many attacks where sharks spit out humans after a bite are on surfers & i don't think anyone would argue that sharks enjoy the taste of fibreglass...& the fact that from below (& great whites attack from below) surfers look much like seals explains those attacks...then there are questions of identification...great whites are the most famous sharks & people are more likely to identify sharks as great whites rather than lets say bull sharks...sorry not seeing much science here just conjecture & sensationalism...not that it's not very interesting...i think yikes is right though...scary shit...& big teeth

luka
24-12-2004, 10:11 AM
the tag team theory has been offically discredited. look at the more recent articles. on the other hand lions in game reserves have learned to use the electric fences which surround the parks to corner prey.

craner
24-12-2004, 10:41 AM
ah well boo to you two. I think it's an evolutionary leap and it's MAD and that's official!

luka
24-12-2004, 10:52 AM
heh!
start a thread about the extinction of all major mammals (except people)
we all know its going to happen. 20 years you won't have any big cats, great apes, grazing animals like zebra, buffalo, gazzelles, you won't have whales and you won'#t have dolphins. its one of the major stories of our time. those animals, and many others, butterflies, thousands of species of insect, will either be entirely extinct or confined to captivity by the time we reach retirement at the very latest.

craner
24-12-2004, 11:08 AM
Yeah that's true. When you actually see the extinction-rate figures they're SICK. But the, you know, the sun's going to die one day so we're all doomed and nothing really matters anyway. I discovered that when I was 6. That's why I adopt all these ridiculous personas.

nick.K
24-12-2004, 04:38 PM
tiger sharks. their heads are tiny, out of proportion to their bodies, makes they look prehistoric, like they didn't need to evolve, they're prefectly functional: dim and mean

craner
24-02-2007, 01:41 PM
Blue sharks are the most beautiful, especially when they're in their phantom packs off the coast of Scotland.

I've run into Basking Sharks on the Gower. You have to try not to swim into their mouths, because otherwise they are sweet brutes.

It's still all about the Megamouth (http://www.underwatertimes.com/news.php?article_id=10104582639).

http://www.amonline.net.au/fishes/fishfacts/images/megahdbhc.jpg

Reminds me of my Great Aunt Kathleen.

craner
09-03-2007, 01:10 AM
For the kids (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1KODfxanMM) you anti-ocean fucks.

craner
19-03-2010, 01:46 PM
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craner
19-03-2010, 01:49 PM
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droid
19-03-2010, 02:26 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfSqa1wmmxA

craner
19-03-2010, 02:47 PM
Fantastic call, Droid! A moment of movie magic.

grizzleb
19-03-2010, 03:09 PM
I've never seen that before. Amazing clip, loving the underwater vibing. Goblin on ST duties??