Saturday, May 30, 2009

"Sharks" have venom!

Back to square one.

I've been following an entertaining and witty Shark thread on Southern Fried Science but as usual, talking about "Sharks" just doesn't cut it, unless you do that in very general, and thus rather unspectacular terms.

Think: "Birds". They fly - right?
No, actually "they" don't - but of course, most do!

My point is that one needs to focus on the individual species - and then, one will also find Sharks that have venom.
Granted, most don't. "Sharks" are also not ultimate Predators, but many of them are - in their own specific habitat, not in some vague entity as "the Ocean". As the Southern Fried Scientist points out, there’s no such thing as a perfect predator, just one that’s ideal for the environment it’s in.
Exactly! Go ask the Plankton off Ningaloo Reef whom they fear most!

Anyway, I just wanted to make that point.


SouthernFriedScientist said...

Incidentally, some prehistoric sharks had skeletal structures eerily similar to flying fish. Of course, they were tiny, making them just perfect for flying right into a giant ground sloth's mouth...

DaShark said...


NOW yer talking!