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Nicole the Great White Shark

Wednesday, June 23rd 2010 at 3:00 PM

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23 June 2010 @ 3pm

Nicole the Great White Shark

Come and join Linda Fellowes and hear all about Nicole the Great White Shark.
In the meantime, here are some fascinating facts about Great White sharks…

*They have six senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing and electroreception
* They can see in the day and at night and can see colour
* They don’t have eyelids, but instead roll their eyes back to protect them
* Sometimes they will stick their heads out of the water which is called spyhopping
* They have the strongest smell out of all sharks and can smell one drop of blood in a million parts water
* Use their electrosense to detect the electric field given off by all living animals and can even find prey hidden under the sand
* They are sensitive to low frequency sounds as produced by struggling prey
* They can’t make sound
* They use body language and smell to communicate with one another
* Man kills over 100 million sharks a year,
* Sharks cause less than five deaths worldwide per year.
* Chairs and toasters kill more people than sharks
* Great White Sharks are Vulnerable to Extinction
 
The Save Our Seas Shark Centre:
The Save Our Seas Shark Centre is the South African branch of the Save Our Seas Foundation. Their mission is to encourage awareness, protection and conservation of sharks worldwide through research, education and awareness. The centre is based in Kalk Bay, South Africa and is open to the public. You can book an outreach programme, which includes a shark and tidal pool lesson, bring a tourist group to visit or just pop in and meet the team.

Save Our Seas Shark Centre (SOSSC) is prestigiously positioned in Kalk Bay, South Africa, a white shark hotspot of the world.  Rob Raw of Save Our Seas will come along and tell us more about these amazing creatures.

The Save Our Seas Foundation’s Shark Centre is challenging the world to Rethink the Shark.

For all their perceived menace, sharks are extremely fragile and in deep trouble: Over 100 million sharks are being purged from the oceans annually by increased fishing pressures. Added to this, habitat destruction, coupled with a poor understanding of their general biology and ecological needs has resulted in 110 species being listed as threatened with extinction on the International Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN). The prevailing negative perceptions the general public has of sharks do little to help their precarious status. But, if sharks are to survive we need to rethink them, and take urgent measures to conserve them.

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