Scientists don’t know why giant sharks gather in huge flocks off the coast of the USA

Scientists do not know why giant sharks gather in huge flocks off the coast of the United States.A photo from open sources

According to the scientific journal Journal of Fish Biology, with eighties of the last century there is a strange picture: giant sharks, these marine solitary animals, suddenly huge flocks gather in the North Atlantic Ocean (mainly in waters from Nova Scotia right up to Long Island).

We emphasize that these gigantic sharks, as a rule, swim in alone. However, in 2013, for example, they went astray off the coast of the United States in the amount of up to one and a half thousand individuals. Scientists before still can’t give an exact answer what makes the marine giants go astray, and why only in this place.

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However, the giant shark has always been for researchers a real sea mystery. For example, still for certain It is not known how it reproduces. According to some indirect signs it is generally accepted that this giant is ovoviviparous, however how much pregnancy of females lasts, how many cubs appear at the same time, even at what age they reach maturity, all this to still remains the secret of the ocean.

The giant shark, which is also called the elephant shark, and her the species name Cetorhinus maximus is translated into Russian as “huge sea monster”, reaches a length of 10 meters and weight about 4 tons. In terms of size, it is second only to whale a shark. Despite such impressive sizes and even names, this giant of the seas is completely harmless. And therefore, absolutely not dangerous for humans.

This “monster” feeds on plankton, which is why a gigantic shark they even call it a superfilter, whose whole life was washed away consists in the constant movement and pumping of sea water (up to 6000 tons hourly) for the production of plankton by which it is marine an animal can fill its stomach up to a ton or more.

In winter, when the amount of plankton drops sharply, a giant shark you have to go on a diet. Save her in this hungry time large reserves of fat in the liver, which can reach a third of it weight. It is this fat, the usefulness of which is known to humans from ancient times, almost led to the fact that people practically exterminated all the gigantic sharks. After all, it’s quite hunt for them simple: an elephant shark swims relatively slowly (since not swim as much as eat at this time), while a person considers, if not a friend, then a very frivolous opponent. For all the time of the earthly neighborhood of these giants and people in the ancient brain the plangton shark was born awareness of the need rethinking such a frivolous outlook on life.

However, well, at least a person rethought his attitude to this harmless monster of the ocean and, in the end, banned the hunt for gigantic sharks. Just imagine what kind of carnage he could have create if I began to hunt these giants when they go astray? It’s scary to even imagine. Enough for our imperfect cruel world of two barbaric “meat grinders” when in Japan and Denmark are massively and ruthlessly killed dolphins …

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