Shark Research Paper

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A shark can be defined as a marine fish that has rough greyish skin and a skeleton made of cartilage, which usually prey on other animals and are sometimes dangerous to people (Merriam-Webster, 2011). The most tragic shark attack towards humans in history occurred with the sinking of the USS Indianapolis (Nelson, 2002). According to Discovery Channels Ocean of Fear (2012), three specific sharks are responsible for the USS Indianapolis nightmare. Sharks have been known to attack humans, although it is rare and they do not usually initiate attacks. There are three different types of sharks responsible for the many USS Indianapolis crew fatalities. One of them is the oceanic white tip. The oceanic white tip shark is one of the five most dangerous sharks according to arkive.org (2006). It has a stocky build. It also has a short, bluntly rounded snout with powerful jaws. The oceanic white tip has a large, rounded first dorsal fin and long, wide, paddle-like pectoral fins. The dorsal, pelvic, and caudal fins on this type of shark are white. The oceanic white tip can be up to 396 centimeters and weigh up to 167.4 kilograms. Therefore, it typically dominates when it comes to eating bony fishes, stingrays, sea turtles, dead whales, and dead dolphins. The oceanic white tip shark can dive 150 meters below sea level in their warm, tropical water. The white tip shark mates in early summer and can have one to five young. Another shark responsible for the many fatalities of the USS

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