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In The News: Shark Encounter #1c by Namyr
In The News: Shark Encounter #1c
News clipping regarding surfer Bethany Hamilton and her tragic encounter with a large Tiger Shark.

Note: This image is a stock/photographer image taken from online sources, this is not Namyr copyrighted work. Educational purposes only.
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In The News: Shark Encounter #1b by Namyr
In The News: Shark Encounter #1b
News clipping regarding surfer Bethany Hamilton and her tragic encounter with a large Tiger Shark.

Note: This image is a stock/photographer image taken from online sources, this is not Namyr copyrighted work. Educational purposes only.
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In The News: Shark Encounter #1a by Namyr
In The News: Shark Encounter #1a
News clipping regarding surfer Bethany Hamilton and her tragic encounter with a large Tiger Shark.

Note: This image is a stock/photographer image taken from online sources, this is not Namyr copyrighted work. Educational purposes only.
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Shark Species ID: Blue Shark by Namyr
Shark Species ID: Blue Shark
Scientific Name: Prionace glauca
Common Name: Blue Shark, Blue Pointers, Sea Wolves, Blue Wolves

Distribution and Habitat: The Blue Shark is a migratory species found in both the Oceanic and Epipelagic Waters Worldwide. Although the Blue shark is known to inhabit both temperate and tropical waters it has a tendency to spend most of its time near steep continental drop zones and open blue water. This shark is found in depths ranging from the surface to around 360 meters. The Blue shark has been documented traveling off the coast of every continent with the exception of Antarctica but seems to occur more frequently during seasonal fluctuations throughout the Pacific. Blue sharks are prized in many countries by deep sea fishermen for their tenacity and fight once they are hooked on a line. 

Anatomy and Appearance: Torpedo shaped in appearance, the Blue Shark is a light bodied animal with long sweeping pectoral fins adapted for gliding effortlessly for great distances. Its countershaded coloration can vary from a smooth blue grey or deep blue on the dorsal shading to a lighter blue grey along the sides. Its underbelly is generally a sharp white but can also be tinged with a very pale blueish hue. The male blue shark commonly grows to 1.82 to 2.82 m (6.0 to 9.3 ft) at maturity, whereas the larger females commonly grow to 2.2 to 3.3 m (7.2 to 10.8 ft). Blue Sharks are a viviparous species and females have been noted to have litters ranging from 25 - 100 individual pups. Although it is unknown the longevity of this species they are believed to easily reach 20 years of age. 

Diet, Hunting and Feeding Behavior: Blue Sharks are somewhat known for their lethargic nature and easy disposition while cautiously inspecting a foreign object or structure. However these sharks can move exceedingly fast in rapid bursts of energy while hunting or escaping predation from larger species. The Blue Sharks primary prey items are various species of squid which it hunts at both great and shallow depths. Their diet may also include cuttlefish, octopuses, lobsters, shrimp, crabs, all bony fishes, other small sharks, sea birds, and mammalian carrion. Blue sharks have sometimes been called "the wolves of the sea" due to their pack like behavior while herding a concentrated group of prey. The Blue sharks teeth have evolved into a curved triangular shape which allows it to easily grasp slippery fish or squid. 


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I am a Marine Biologist/Marine Scientist whose main focus of interest/study are sharks (Shark Behavior, Shark Attacks, Shark Ecology, and Environmental Impacts). Please feel free to ask any and all questions about my pictures/research!
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flyingbearx Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
I have a question:

What are the documented interactions between orcas and great whites?  What would the dynamic of an encounter between the largest delphinid and only extant carcharodon look like, and how might an encounter play out? 
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flyingbearx Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Actually can I answer this question as a guest post?  It'd let me do some research again
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Namyr Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, go for it!
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Namyr Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
UPDATE TO ALL VIEWERS:

I have recently started a Shark Species ID Guide section in my Gallery. If you have a particular shark you would like to hear about or something you would like information on please message me or comment and I will gladly put your request on the list for submission!

Thanks again to everyone for all the favorites and comments! +fav 
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flyingbearx Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
great hammerhead
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Namyr Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Im on it.
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flyingbearx Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Do you still live?  

I still live
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Namyr Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I still live. We kinda dropped the ball again didn't we? Oh well, no matter. How are you? :)
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RichWalker Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the favourite on my chief!! I also noticed you're a marine biologist.. very interesting.  We have a unique aquarium here where I live actually and I used to be fascinated by the sharks.  I love sharks.  Take it easy man -rich
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Namyr Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your very welcome, its an awesome piece. Ever since I watched Jaws when I was five, I became fascinated with sharks....apparently the addiction was strong enough for a trip to college. lol. I'm glad you like them as well, they get such a bad rap from most people.
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