Favorite Fish – Day 15 of 30 Day Drawing Challenge Part II

sharkHuman beings are at the top of the food chain. This is only because Great Whites haven’t figured out the whole ‘dry land’ thing.

To be sure, nature’s full of impressive fish; but when’s the last time you saw Lionfish Week on the Discovery Channel? Saw a movie about a killer clownfish? Evolution has honed and shaped the Great White to be an amazingly skilled and efficient hunting machine. Do you know what eats Great Whites? Nothing but other Great Whites and humans (and we have to cheat).

Some factoids:

  • That giant shark from Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus (the Megalodon)? He’s the Great White’s (extinct) brother.
  • Researchers used to think Great Whites were stupid, because they’d bite the boat instead of the prey dangling a foot away. It turns out it’s not because they were dumb, but because Great Whites roll their eyes inside their head to protect them from thrashing prey.
  • So how do they find their prey without seeing it? Do they miss a lot? No. They can sense electric fields generated by living creatures.  They can detect a half a billionth of a volt. That means they can literally sense your heart beat. (That’s why they would attack the boats. The metal boats generated stronger electrical fields than the dead bait.)
  • And they can also smell one drop of blood in 25 gallons of water.
  • Up to 300 miniature saws line their mouths, which tear through their prey as the shark shakes its head back and forth.
  • Speaking of teeth, their skin is literally made of smaller teeth, replicas of the ones in their mouth.
  • They can fold their stomachs inside out to vomit up anything they decide they regret eating.
  • Great Whites have been found measuring 20 feet long and weighing 5,000 lbs.
  • They can swim up to 15 mph. Can you run a 4-minute mile?

There are other cool things about them too, but maybe that’s enough for now.


Our other participants:
Niki Nowell
Bill Davis
Niki Turner
Notes From The Backseat
Zoe Nowell
Marilyn Quinsaat [posting on Facebook]


5 thoughts on “Favorite Fish – Day 15 of 30 Day Drawing Challenge Part II

  1. I bet they feel the greater electrical pulse from the motor of the boat and it guides them when they close their eyes and that is why they end up biting the boat.
    I like how you labeled all the parts so we don’t get confused. You will see that I use this same technique in my drawing sometimes. I like clarity.

    • That’s actually almost exactly it. The metal of the boat generated a stronger electrical field than the bait. I forgot to explain that in the post. I’ll go fix it.

      Do you have your favorite fish up yet? Hope so – I like your posts.

  2. Oh, that’s creepy about the electrical fields! Adding yet another element of creepiness and “Jaws” nightmare fodder to the Great White.

    • You say creepy, I say incredible – potato, potato (<– doesn't really work when written, does it?)

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