Shark bites, close encounters, and deep sea discoveries. Find it all in our June edition of Shark News!
Sharks are incredible creatures that need to be protected in order for the ocean to thrive, but they can also be dangerous. Here at Shark OFF, we aim to bring awareness to the importance of our finned friends without vilifying them, but we also want you to be safe and have peace of mind. On Monday, June 14th, both a 12 year old boy and a 71 year old man were victims of shark bites in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Very on-brand, as it’s the shark bite capital of the world! Thankfully, neither of the bites were fatal. The older gentleman was treated on the scene and the boy was taken to Halifax Medical Center for treatment.
Heading back to prehistoric times, scientists are saying that 90% of sharks mysteriously died 19 million years ago. The discovery has left researchers with many unanswered questions. Did this phenomenon impact other sharks in other parts of the ocean at the same moment? Did it impact other creatures living in the ocean or on land? Most importantly, what exactly happened? It is always so fascinating that with today’s technology and resources, there is so much that we don’t know about the planet we live on. Good thing you have monthly doses of Shark News to keep you
You’ve heard of great white sharks, and I would bet you think of them as the largest predator in the ocean, but you’d be wrong! The mysterious sixgill sharks are massive, ancient creatures that haven’t changed much since they roamed the earth with the dinosaurs. Very little is known about sixgill sharks, which is why a close encounter with them in their natural deep sea habitat is very exciting. So far, scientists have been able to capture them with nets and bring them to the surface to study, but this can be stressful for the animals. With the help of OceanX, an ocean exploration initiative, scientists have finally been able to tag and track sixgills by
sending a device to the deep sea to place the tracking devices! This is just the beginning of understanding these colossal creatures.
It is truly incredible how much #SharkScience grows and changes every day. We have always been in awe (and a bit afraid) of these magnificent creatures. Stay safe out there and as always, Lose the Fear and Love the Ocean with our Proven Shark Repellent.