Cut Your Teeth
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📸 by @abc4explore

Great white sharks are the largest predatory fish on earth.

You might be thinking “oRcAs aRe bIgGer” and they are! But orcas are mammals, not fish.

Whale sharks are also larger than great whites, but they are not predatory.

The white’s reputation as a man-eater does have some truth behind it, but the fear of these animals is extremely inflated.

Great white are responsible for only 5-10 human attacks per year, and if they do bite a human, it is usually out of curiosity and not malice.

Your chances of being attacked by a great white shark are somewhere in the ballpark of 1 in 3.7 million.

Now, if you were a shark embryo in the womb, your chances of being eaten by one of your siblings are much, much better.

This applies to most sharks, including whites, and the reason behind it is basically this: If the mama shark mated with more than one male during shark baby-making season, the more likely the rival embryos will attack and eat the others before they are born.

This ensures that only the strongest and most dominant genes will make it to the end of the shark’s reproductive cycle.

I urge you to google “shark embryo cannibalism” for more info, as there are much better articles online that offer far more detail on this morbid reality.

#natureismetal

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