Summer has begun—so bring on the shark stories.
And on that note, here’s a list of shark attack facts from Uncle John’s AHH-INSPIRING Bathroom Reader (p. 104), a book you may want to add to your bathroom reading library:
• Sharks can detect the heartbeats of other fish.
• Mako sharks have been known to jump into the very fishing boats that are pursuing them.
• Bull sharks have been known to kill hippopotamuses in African rivers.
• Approximately 10 times more men than women are attacked by sharks.
• While in a feeding frenzy, some sharks bite their own bodies as they twist and turn.
• A 730-pound mako shark caught off Bimini in the Bahamas contained in its stomach a 120-pound swordfish—with the sword still intact.
• Lemon sharks grow a whole new set of teeth every two weeks.
• Sharks have a sixth sense. They can navigate by sensing changes in the Earth’s magnetic field.
• Sharks will continue to attack even when disemboweled.
• Greenland sharks have been observed eating reindeer when they fall through ice.
• Three men who spent five days adrift in the Atlantic in 1980 had a shark to thank for their rescue. They fell asleep, but when the attacking shark nudged their raft, they woke up…in time to flag down a passing freighter.
• Some sharks can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.
• Bull sharks have been known to pursue their victims onto land.
• The jaws of an eight-foot shark exert a force of 20 tons per square inch.
• The average shark can swallow anything half its size in one gulp.
• The original idea for steak knives derived from shark teeth.
• Approximately 100 shark attacks on humans occur worldwide each year.
Happy swimming everybody!