The Great White Shark – King of the Deep
by: Davis Yancy Clegg
This week, we are going to take a look into to what is maybe the most popular predator of all time. It’s exploits on both the silver screen and in real life events have put it into a category that almost transcends the universal species label of “shark.” No, this swimming set of teeth would be more aptly named the King of the Deep. Fear mongering and widely believed fiction-based storytelling have turned the beautifully scary oceanic icon into a decidedly calculating man-eater. In truth, the reality of the situation is that these monstrously large predators very rare approach – much less attack – human. Even when the occasional great white attacks take place, they are a far cry from always ending in a fatal blow. While most are under the impression the Great White is the absolute top of the food chain, they would be remised to believe -unequivocally – that the buck stops with the Great Whites. As history has taught us in studying and living out the grinds in all facets of plant, animal and human life, there is always a threat to your position in both your work and personal life.
Sure, these sharks remain virtually unchallenged as they have towered for millenniums at the top of the larger populations’ food chain. There are some factors that most have not considered when discussing the rank of the Great.
White shark. Surprising to some and shocking to most, there are a couple species that can pose a threat to the long-feared Great White. Larger species of shark (i.e. Whale Sharks) and Orcas have the luxury of being the only creatures of the blue that hold sway over the Earth’s oceanic predator population. Don’t get too empathetic though. The Great White’s, as you may have guessed, are not entirely unprepared for when the presence of their hunters becomes an issue. If you notice, the top of the shark’s body (the dorsal area) is a blueish-gray hue. This makes it very difficult for their predators to make out the life-forms as the Great White camouflages itself, laying firm and still against the ocean floor. The bottom of their body is a mostly pure shade of white. Given the sunlight that shines down through the shark inhabited waters, predators of the Great white that lay below have the most difficult of times seeing distinguishing between the sunlight shining through and the great white shark just a few meters from the would-be predator. The camouflaging character trait’s most important role in the use of these features just a good way to identify a Great White. Rather, these skin tones are most useful in the hunting methods by which the infamous shark survives and feeds. The shark will swim just underneath its pray rendering it virtually invisible to its’ future lunch carelessly gliding above. In a quick burst of energy, the shark will the burst upwards and collide with its’ prey, simultaneously biting it. Due to the thousands of teeth a Great White has at its’ disposal, it can bite down hard enough to make the first bite fatal to the victim. So, by the process of elimination in numbers, the Great White is the largest creature in the ocean to possess the trait of natural camouflage. The moral of the story: Yes, a great white shark can turn off your lights in a single bite. But no, it is not on any these guys itineraries to have you and your buddies for lunch. Respect the power, but don’t fear what you cannot change! Safe Swimming!
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