Great Whites: “The largest carnivorous fish with the astonishing capacity to assess, in a microsecond of a first bite, the caloric value of potential prey; human beings are too bony to usually bother with, so they often depart after that first bite.”
Tigers Sharks: Fast as rockets and ubiquitous - they’re fond of coastal waters, they like lagoons, shallow waters to prey on smaller sharks, and they also roam deep.
Bull Sharks: Sporting a stout appearance and pugnacious reputation – they are equipped with some biological quirk that permits them to function normally in salt, brackish, and fresh water – something no other shark can do.
Oceanic Whitetips: Known as “long-hands” for their long pectoral fins and Peter’s personal bête noire as he had a near-miss that scared him permanently while swimming with a school of yellowfin tuna in open deep water.
Hammerheads: There are approximately 10 related species of hammerheads throughout tropical and temperate regions including the scalloped, bonnet-head, great hammerhead and smooth hammerhead.
Mako Sharks: They are by far the fastest shark, and they are the only shark listed IGFA as a true sport fish.
Mako Sharks: Peter called them dangerous loners that reminded him of Jack Palance in
Caribbean Reef Shark: Was originally described from off the coast of Cuba as in 1876; it is one of the most abundant sharks around the Bahamas and the Antilles.
Caribbean Reef Shark: Reef sharks have been documented resting motionless on the sea bottom or inside caves, unusual behavior for an active-swimming shark. If threatened, it may perform a threat display in which it frequently changes direction and dips its pectoral fins.
Lemon Sharks: Get the name because of their pale yellow brown coloring and are generally quite tame.
Whale Sharks: A gentle filter-feeding giant and by far the largest living non-mammalian vertebrate, rivaling many of the largest dinosaurs in weight.
We must change the perception of always fearing sharks; what we should really fear is their destruction
The fins from between 26 million and 73 million sharks move through the Hong Kong shark fin markets alone, each year.
We need support for legislation to stop shark finning.
Shark Savers has a new campaign to make it socially acceptable to refuse shark fin soup. www.sharksavers.org