Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Feared Shark

Sharks are generally believed to be the Tyrannosaurus Rex of the seas, eating everything under their domain. Although it is true of a great number of this species, being great and feared predators, only a few species (mainly the Great White Shark) have actually killed humans. Even the largest of the shark family: the Wale Shark and Basking Shark are in fact harmless plankton eaters.

Since most sharks are quite large (the great white shark is more than 20 feet in length) they have to keep moving to both breath and to even keep a float, so to clean themselves a small three foot long species of fish known as a Remora comes in. Instead of becoming shark chew, they go though the body of the shark with it’s great big disc on their head and clean up the run-off meat and debris from the shark’s body after their kill.

Along with being able to feed and clean the shark, the Remora also provides the great beast the invaluable service of cleaning any parasites or other creatures that have attached itself to the great beast as well, since the shark cannot do it themselves. This is a quite unique and valuable parring since without the shark the Remora would not survive, but more interestingly, without the Remora cleaning and feeding off the great sharks, parasites and other creatures would eventually grow though these creatures and cause great problems down the road.

References

“Shark” The Columbia Encyclopedia. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. Credo Reference. Web. 7 September 2014.

“Remora” Britannica Concise Encyclopedia. Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2012. Credo Reference. Web. 7 September 2014.

“Remora” Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate(R) Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2012. Credo Reference. Web. 7 September 2014.

“Remora” The Crystal Reference Encyclopedia. West Chiltington: Crystal Semantics, 2005. Credo Reference. Web. 7 September 2014.

“Remora” The Penguin English Dictionary. Ed. R. E. Allen. London: Penguin, 2007. Credo Reference. Web. 7 September 2014.

Image from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia.

“Great White Shark” Britannica Concise Encyclopedia. Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2012. Credo Reference. Web. 7 September 2014.

“7 Symbiotic Wonders of the Seven Seas.” Webecoist. Web. http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2009/02/01/symbiotic-fish-animals-sea-ocean-water/.

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