Shark week!

This week is shark week! It was originally developed to raise awareness and respect for sharks.

I’ve never seen a real shark, but I’m always on the lookout.

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I think they’re pawesome! They’re sleek and streamlined, with several rows of teeth which they can even replace! Their internal skeleton is made of flexible cartilage and they have extremely tough skin. Sharks are of course very recognisable by their dorsal fin.

Predatory sharks can smell or taste tiny amounts of blood when water passes over highly sensitive membranes in their nostrils.

Great White Sharks are some of the most powerful predators in the world. Unfortunately, they have a reputation for being killing machines, they have made more attacks on humans than any other shark. Most of these attacks can be put down to the shark mistaking a human for a seal or a turtle though, I don’t think they really like the taste of humans.

In Cornwall in the Southwest of the UK, there are often basking sharks which are far less scary. It’s the worlds second largest fish but they just swim open mouthed along the surface eating plankton. I would love to watch them, my humans have seen them and say they seem like they’d be friendly!

Sadly sharks are heavily fished all over the world for their meat, fins, skin and liver oil. It takes a long time for these kings of the ocean to both reproduce and grow so I hope that by raising awareness during shark week that this overfishing will be stopped.

There are hundreds of sharks of all shapes and sizes…

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I’m going to keep enjoying watching the little fish until one day when I’m hoping to see a real life shark!

Bisous Bailey

Comments

  1. I don’t think sharks like the taste of cats either!

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  2. They are amazing creatures to see – when coming across them while snorkeling one is filled with a mixture of awe and nervousness! The Great Whites are particularly scary.

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  3. Just don’t fall in when you see one! Wooowoooo, Ku

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  4. Golly whee wouldn’t want to see a shark. Have you not watched Jaws?! Our Mummy wouldn’t go to the beach for a wheek after seeing that! Hehehehe.

    Have fun though ^_^

    Nutty, Nacho, Buddy & Basil
    xxxx

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  5. I think humans have a lot of misconceptions about sharks. The closest my human has ever been to one is watching Jaws, if that tells you anything about misconceptions!

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  6. Be careful my friend and don’t get too close to the water. We’ve been watching Shark Week here as well. There have been some great shows on the tube – sharks are so big and magnificent. But, I’ll stay here on land – far, far away from the water for now. 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

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  7. If one should happen to cross your path, please do not lean to far overboard. You’d make a tasty snack for a shark, and we do not want that to happen. Happy International Cat Day. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Misty May, Mauricio, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo.

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  8. Careful that one doesn’t jump out of the water and grab you!

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  9. Sharks are fascinating……………..at a distance!!! 😉

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

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  10. All the better to eat you with, my dear…………..you better stay out of the water.

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  11. This week maybe shark week but today is World Cat day.

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  12. Bailey well said..sharks don’t like the taste of people..can’t blame them really..i think they are the perfect machine..no natural predators..except man..beautifully designed and amzing creatures..i was talking with hubby just a cuple of days ago about wanting to dive with sharks! if we do..you are welcome to join us..grab a wetsuit and some dive gear Bailey! Have a great day xx

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  13. We hope you see a shark first…before it sees you, Bailey! 🙂

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  14. Thanks for bringing awareness about the importance of sharks and the problem of overfishing!

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  15. Sadly, we humans are not very nice to sharks. I am sure you can teach us to give them more respect, Bailey.

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  16. Sharks are much maligned, fascinating and fearful creatures. I would not like to meet one in the water tho’

    Dash

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  17. One or two or them have rather scary teeth but most are benign and all are beautiful 😉

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  18. Thanks for the info, Bailey and helping bring awareness about over fishing. Hope you get to see a real one someday but be sure to stay in the boat if you do. Don’t fall overboard in your excitement!

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  19. I see my fair share. Ill say hi to one for you 🙂

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  20. Hi Bailey Sherri-Ellen here….wanted to share a story with you. My Father (who is in the Spirit World these past 4 years now) used to spend summers in Florida USA on the Gulf of Mexico. He & my step mother lived close to the ocean & he would go swimming daily; sometimes twice a day. He used to swim WITH TIGER SHARKS!!!! They would bump against his legs & swim with him but never hurt him. I would phone down to Florida to a hysterical stepmother begging me to tell my Father to stop swimming with the sharks!!! I would try to calm her down & when I got off the phone I would laugh alot!!! When I talked to my Father I would tell him he was giving his wife fits & he assured me he knew what he was doing & he would die of old age not being eaten by a shark…..he was right….
    I would love to swim with sharks also but alas there are no sharks in the Great Lakes of Canada….
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xo

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