fantastic grace of movement, sharks of assorted dispositions glide
silently through practically all waters on the Earth's surface, inhabiting
seas and oceans, bays and harbors and many inland waters and rivers.
sharks are large and fearsome. In fact, one whale-like but
harmless variety grows to about 60 feet. Conversely, there are others
that measure only a few inches when fully matured.
classify sharks into several hundred varieties, most are
harmless. It is believed that only about eight varieties are dangerous
most ferocious is probably the great white shark. This shark moves
swiftly through the water and has rows of triangular teeth. It is the shark
that usually follows ships, trailing them for long distances. Undoubtedly it
is a man killer. Of the great white shark, Jonathan Couch, in his
History of the Fishes of the British Islands, wrote:
is to sailors the most formidable inhabitants of the sea, for
in none besides are the powers of inflicting injury so equally combined
with eagerness to accomplish it"
has long been regarded as dangerous. Pennant describing the white
shark in 1776 wrote:
grows to a very great bulk. Gillius says that in the belly of one was
found a human corpse entire, which is far from incredible, considering
their vast greediness after human flesh. They are the dread of all sailors
in hot climates, where they constantly attend the ships in expectation of
what may be dropped overboard. A man that has this misfortune
perished without redemption. They have been seen to dart at him like
gudgeons to a worm. ... Swimmers very often perish by them. Sometimes
they lost an arm or a leg and sometimes were bit quite asunder, serving
but for two morsels for this ravenous animal"
reported finding a body in armour, and according to one report,
a whole horse inside this monster.
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