Florida Memory will be down for scheduled maintenance today, October 31st, from 5 pm until 7 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.
ing brute 100 feet long. Known as the Charcharodon megalodon, he was
so large that a man six feet tall might have stood within the vast opening
of his jaws. (2 p. 137)
The great sharks have disappeared but fossilized remains have
been found in North Carolina. Today, sharks forty feet long are rare.
But it is the smaller ones which cause the most damage to Florida
Shrimp collect in great multitudes on shallow muddy bottoms in
coastal waters where food is plentiful. The small fish which feeds upon
them attract numerous sharks. Many of the fish are caught in the shrimp
nets, or trawls, and the shark, in its eagerness to appease a voracious
appetite, tears away and swallows whole sections of net along with the
fish and shrimp. (2 p. 141)
The shark is always hungry. From the moment of its birth until its
death it never sleeps; its whole life is one of continuous watch-fullness,
either for food or to guard against its enemies. For, as with the
barracuda, there is no such thing as brotherly love among the sharks.
They are cannibals, moving about the ocean bottom a lone shark is safe
from most dangers but once it displays the first sign of weakness, its
fellows fall upon it and rip out great chunks of flesh from its body until
all but the bony head is consumed. (2 p. 16)
Sharks are not especially sensitive, however, and seem not to