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Females in many of the larger species have bite marks that appear to be a result of a male grasping them to maintain position during mating. The bite marks may also come from courtship behavior: In some species, females have evolved thicker skin to withstand these bites. There have been a number of documented cases in which a female shark who has not been in contact with a male has conceived a pup on her own through parthenogenesis.
The extent of this behavior in the wild is unknown. Mammals are now the only major vertebrate group in which asexual reproduction has not been observed. Scientists say that asexual reproduction in the wild is rare, and probably a last-ditch effort to reproduce when a mate is not present. Asexual reproduction diminishes genetic diversity , which helps build defenses against threats to the species.
Species that rely solely on it risk extinction. Asexual reproduction may have contributed to the blue shark 's decline off the Irish coast.
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Sharks display three ways to bear their young, varying by species, oviparity , viviparity and ovoviviparity. Most sharks are ovoviviparous , meaning that the eggs hatch in the oviduct within the mother's body and that the egg's yolk and fluids secreted by glands in the walls of the oviduct nourishes the embryos. The young continue to be nourished by the remnants of the yolk and the oviduct's fluids. As in viviparity, the young are born alive and fully functional.
Lamniforme sharks practice oophagy , where the first embryos to hatch eat the remaining eggs. Taking this a step further, sand tiger shark pups cannibalistically consume neighboring embryos. The survival strategy for ovoviviparous species is to brood the young to a comparatively large size before birth. The whale shark is now classified as ovoviviparous rather than oviparous, because extrauterine eggs are now thought to have been aborted.
Most ovoviviparous sharks give birth in sheltered areas, including bays, river mouths and shallow reefs. They choose such areas for protection from predators mainly other sharks and the abundance of food. Dogfish have the longest known gestation period of any shark, at 18 to 24 months. Basking sharks and frilled sharks appear to have even longer gestation periods, but accurate data are lacking. Some species are oviparous , laying their fertilized eggs in the water.
In most oviparous shark species, an egg case with the consistency of leather protects the developing embryo s. These cases may be corkscrewed into crevices for protection. The egg case is commonly called a mermaid's purse. Oviparous sharks include the horn shark , catshark , Port Jackson shark , and swellshark. Viviparity is the gestation of young without the use of a traditional egg, and results in live birth. The classic view describes a solitary hunter, ranging the oceans in search of food.
However, this applies to only a few species. Most live far more social, sedentary, benthic lives, and appear likely to have their own distinct personalities. Sharks can be highly social, remaining in large schools. Sometimes more than scalloped hammerheads congregate around seamounts and islands, e. For example, oceanic whitetip sharks dominate silky sharks of comparable size during feeding. When approached too closely some sharks perform a threat display. This usually consists of exaggerated swimming movements, and can vary in intensity according to the threat level.
In general, sharks swim "cruise" at an average speed of 8 kilometres per hour 5. These exceptions may be due to the warm-blooded , or homeothermic , nature of these sharks' physiology. Sharks possess brain-to-body mass ratios that are similar to mammals and birds,  and have exhibited apparent curiosity and behavior resembling play in the wild.
There is evidence that juvenile lemon sharks can use observational learning in their investigation of novel objects in their environment. All sharks need to keep water flowing over their gills in order for them to breathe, however not all species need to be moving to do this.
Those that are able to breathe while not swimming do so by using their spiracles to force water over their gills, thereby allowing them to extract oxygen from the water. It has been recorded that their eyes remain open while in this state and actively follow the movements of divers swimming around them  and as such they are not truly asleep. Species that do need to swim continuously to breathe go through a process known as sleep swimming, in which the shark is essentially unconscious. It is known from experiments conducted on the spiny dogfish that its spinal cord , rather than its brain, coordinates swimming, so spiny dogfish can continue to swim while sleeping, and this also may be the case in larger shark species.
Most sharks are carnivorous. This type of feeding requires gill rakers —long, slender filaments that form a very efficient sieve —analogous to the baleen plates of the great whales. The shark traps the plankton in these filaments and swallows from time to time in huge mouthfuls. Teeth in these species are comparatively small because they are not needed for feeding. Other highly specialized feeders include cookiecutter sharks , which feed on flesh sliced out of other larger fish and marine mammals. Cookiecutter teeth are enormous compared to the animal's size.
The lower teeth are particularly sharp. Although they have never been observed feeding, they are believed to latch onto their prey and use their thick lips to make a seal, twisting their bodies to rip off flesh. Some seabed—dwelling species are highly effective ambush predators.
Angel sharks and wobbegongs use camouflage to lie in wait and suck prey into their mouths. Other sharks feed on squid or fish, which they swallow whole. The viper dogfish has teeth it can point outwards to strike and capture prey that it then swallows intact. The great white and other large predators either swallow small prey whole or take huge bites out of large animals. Thresher sharks use their long tails to stun shoaling fishes, and sawsharks either stir prey from the seabed or slash at swimming prey with their tooth-studded rostra.
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Many sharks, including the whitetip reef shark are cooperative feeders and hunt in packs to herd and capture elusive prey. These social sharks are often migratory, traveling huge distances around ocean basins in large schools. These migrations may be partly necessary to find new food sources. Sharks are found in all seas. They generally do not live in fresh water, with a few exceptions such as the bull shark and the river shark which can swim both in seawater and freshwater.
In the International Shark Attack File ISAF undertook an investigation into 96 alleged shark attacks, confirming 62 of them as unprovoked attacks and 16 as provoked attacks. The average number of fatalities worldwide per year between and from unprovoked shark attacks is 4. Contrary to popular belief, only a few sharks are dangerous to humans. Out of more than species, only four have been involved in a significant number of fatal, unprovoked attacks on humans: Despite being responsible for attacks on humans they have all been filmed without using a protective cage.
The perception of sharks as dangerous animals has been popularized by publicity given to a few isolated unprovoked attacks, such as the Jersey Shore shark attacks of , and through popular fictional works about shark attacks, such as the Jaws film series. Jaws author Peter Benchley , as well as Jaws director Steven Spielberg , later attempted to dispel the image of sharks as man-eating monsters.
To help avoid an unprovoked attack, humans should not wear jewelry or metal that is shiny and refrain from splashing around too much. Until recently, only a few benthic species of shark, such as hornsharks , leopard sharks and catsharks , had survived in aquarium conditions for a year or more. This gave rise to the belief that sharks, as well as being difficult to capture and transport, were difficult to care for. More knowledge has led to more species including the large pelagic sharks living far longer in captivity, along with safer transportation techniques that have enabled long distance transportation.
Most species are not suitable for home aquaria, and not every species sold by pet stores are appropriate. Some species can flourish in home saltwater aquaria. Some owners have been tempted to release them. Sharks figure prominently in Hawaiian mythology. Stories tell of men with shark jaws on their back who could change between shark and human form. A common theme was that a shark-man would warn beach-goers of sharks in the waters. The beach-goers would laugh and ignore the warnings and get eaten by the shark-man who warned them. Hawaiian mythology also includes many shark gods.
Among a fishing people, the most popular of all aumakua , or deified ancestor guardians, are shark aumakua. Kamaku describes in detail how to offer a corpse to become a shark. The body transforms gradually until the kahuna can point the awe-struck family to the markings on the shark's body that correspond to the clothing in which the beloved's body had been wrapped.
Such a shark aumakua becomes the family pet, receiving food, and driving fish into the family net and warding off danger. Like all aumakua it had evil uses such as helping kill enemies. The ruling chiefs typically forbade such sorcery. Many Native Hawaiian families claim such an aumakua, who is known by name to the whole community. Kamohoali'i is the best known and revered of the shark gods, he was the older and favored brother of Pele ,  and helped and journeyed with her to Hawaii.
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He was able to assume all human and fish forms. A summit cliff on the crater of Kilauea is one of his most sacred spots. At one point he had a heiau temple or shrine dedicated to him on every piece of land that jutted into the ocean on the island of Molokai. Kamohoali'i was an ancestral god, not a human who became a shark and banned the eating of humans after eating one herself. In contrast to the complex portrayals by Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, the European and Western view of sharks has historically been mostly of fear and malevolence.
These comedic effects can sometimes be unintentional, as seen in Batman: The Movie and various Syfy channel films like Dinoshark and Sharktopus. Sharks tend to be seen quite often in cartoons whenever a scene involves the ocean. Such examples include the Tom and Jerry cartoons, Jabberjaw , and other shows produced by Hanna-Barbera. A popular myth is that sharks are immune to disease and cancer , but this is not scientifically supported. Sharks have been known to get cancer. The evidence that sharks are at least resistant to cancer and disease is mostly anecdotal and there have been few, if any, scientific or statistical studies that show sharks to have heightened immunity to disease.
It is estimated that million sharks are killed by people every year, due to commercial and recreational fishing. Based on an analysis of average shark weights, this translates into a total annual mortality estimate of about million sharks in , and about 97 million sharks in , with a total range of possible values between 63 and million sharks per year. In the Australian state of Victoria , shark is the most commonly used fish in fish and chips , [ citation needed ] in which fillets are battered and deep-fried or crumbed and grilled.
In fish and chip shops, shark is called flake. In India , small sharks or baby sharks called sora in Tamil language , Telugu language are sold in local markets. The soft bones can be easily chewed. They are considered a delicacy in coastal Tamil Nadu. Sharks are often killed for shark fin soup. Fishermen capture live sharks, fin them, and dump the finless animal back into the water. Shark finning involves removing the fin with a hot metal blade.
Few governments enforce laws that protect them. Shark fin soup is a status symbol in Asian countries, and is erroneously considered healthy and full of nutrients. Sharks are also killed for meat. European diners consume dogfishes , smoothhounds , catsharks , makos, porbeagle and also skates and rays. FDA lists sharks as one of four fish with swordfish , king mackerel , and tilefish whose high mercury content is hazardous to children and pregnant women. Sharks generally reach sexual maturity only after many years and produce few offspring in comparison to other harvested fish.
Harvesting sharks before they reproduce severely impacts future populations. The majority of shark fisheries have little monitoring or management. The rise in demand for shark products increases pressure on fisheries. In , a shark cull in Western Australia killed dozens of sharks mostly tiger sharks using drum lines ,  until it was cancelled after public protests and a decision by the Western Australia EPA; from to , there was an "imminent threat" policy in Western Australia in which sharks that "threatened" humans in the ocean were shot and killed.
From to the present,  the government of Queensland has targeted and killed sharks in large numbers by using drum lines , under a "shark control" program—this program has also inadvertently killed large numbers of other animals such as dolphins ; it has also killed endangered hammerhead sharks. Killing sharks negatively affects the marine ecosystem. Burgess , the director of the International Shark Attack File , "describes [shark] culling as a form of revenge, satisfying a public demand for blood and little else"  ; he also said shark culling is a "retro-type move reminiscent of what people would have done in the s and 50s, back when we didn't have an ecological conscience and before we knew the consequences of our actions.
Other threats include habitat alteration, damage and loss from coastal development, pollution and the impact of fisheries on the seabed and prey species. In , South Africa was the first country in the world to declare Great White sharks a legally protected species.
Intending to ban the practice of shark finning while at sea, the United States Congress passed the Shark Finning Prohibition Act in Approximately 64, Pounds of Shark Fins. In a Federal Appeals Court ruled that a loophole in the law allowed non-fishing vessels to purchase shark fins from fishing vessels while on the high seas. In , the European Union introduced a general shark finning ban for all vessels of all nationalities in Union waters and for all vessels flying a flag of one of its member states.
In , the International Union for Conservation of Nature 's IUCN Red List of Endangered Species named 64 species, one-third of all oceanic shark species, as being at risk of extinction due to fishing and shark finning. In , the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species CITES rejected proposals from the United States and Palau that would have required countries to strictly regulate trade in several species of scalloped hammerhead , oceanic whitetip and spiny dogfish sharks.
The majority, but not the required two-thirds of voting delegates, approved the proposal. China , by far the world's largest shark market, and Japan , which battles all attempts to extend the convention to marine species, led the opposition. In , Greenpeace International added the school shark , shortfin mako shark , mackerel shark , tiger shark and spiny dogfish to its seafood red list, a list of common supermarket fish that are often sourced from unsustainable fisheries.
Advocacy group Seafood Watch directs American consumers to not eat sharks. It was the first global instrument concluded under CMS and aims at facilitating international coordination for the protection, conservation and management of migratory sharks, through multilateral, intergovernmental discussion and scientific research.
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