Since the 1980s, when detailed autopsies of sand tiger sharks revealed embryos in the stomachs of other embryos, researchers had known that the shark fetuses cannibalized each other in utero about five months into their nearly yearlong gestation.
Legend has it that a shark embryo actually bit a researcher’s hand during a dissection when the researcher reached into the uterus of the shark’s mother, Chapman said.
So, I think the “dudely competition” slant the article went with is kind of dodgy, but I was just amusing myself with provoked vs. unprovoked shark-attack statistics yesterday, and now oh my fucking god, there apparently needs to be a goddamned “most provoked” category.
Like, unprovoked: you were just doing a thing, and the shark came up and bit you.
Provoked: the shark was just doing a thing, and you came up and started some shit.
Most provoked: you killed the shark’s mother and then reached into the uterus it was just occupying and started some shit.
I have to imagine “People Week” would actually be like, humans running around on land and not dying and then assembling things using their thumbs and then maybe some clips from horror movies with helpful factoids about how humans don’t have lateral lines and therefore can’t detect threats behind them.
Just polished off Juliet Eilperin’s Demon Fish. Her lecture back in February focused primarily on finning, but the book spans the length of the subject from ancient beliefs and rituals concerning them to modern shark-tour operators who will happily take your money to chuck you in a dive-cage with the bastards down in South Africa to why they’re uniquely vulnerable to over-fishing.