Shark Week Is Coming! Learn Something New about Sharks!
The countdown to Shark Week has begun! On August 4th the Discovery Channel is launching the latest episodes of Shark Week. In celebration, we went fishing for shark facts and now we’re serving them up to you. Join the toothy fervor and find out more about our often misunderstood friends from the deep!
- Sharks may seem scary, but you have a better chance of being killed by deer, bees or dogs.
- Dentists must love sharks! Sharks never run out of teeth since they have rows of extras lined up should they happen to lose one. They can grow up to 20,000 teeth in their lifetime!
- Ever wonder why sharks are so agile in the water? They don’t have any bones! Instead of bones, their structure comes from a skeleton of cartilage, which is strong yet flexible.
- Touch a shark and you’ll notice that its skin has a rough texture. This texture comes from the fact that sharks have denticles, which are rougher than regular fish scales. Shark skin is so rough, some people have even used it as sandpaper.
- Don't swim at night! Sharks are especially active in the evenings. That is the natural time for them to hunt.
- Fishermen kill between 30 million and 100 million sharks each year. Fishing has put at least 75 shark species on the endangered species list.
- After eating their favorite food, seal, Great White sharks can go without eating for up to about two months.
- Some sharks are so big, it’s a wonder they don’t sink to the bottom of the ocean. What keeps them afloat? They have large, fatty, oily livers that help them float.
- Shark ancestors swam the seas over 400 million years ago. Modern sharks evolved into the lovable creatures they are today around 100 million years ago. That’s even older than the dinosaurs!
- At least we've said goodbye to the gigantic Megaladon. This large shark from 16 million years ago weighed in at about 50 tons and reached lengths of 60 feet long. But not to worry, it went extinct about 1.6 million years ago.
If you're still nervous about sharks, feel free to safely swim in our outdoor pool or lazy river. They're guaranteed 100% shark-free! If you need to get your shark fix, we also offer our guests discounted tickets to the Ripley’s Aquarium where you'll see lots of sharks and have an opportunity to even touch sharks. To find out how you can celebrate shark week at Plantation Resort, call 1-800-845-5039.