With about a month to go until Shark Week, take today to make yourself aware of the underwater beast.
According to The Discovery Channel, today is “Shark Awareness Day,’’ which seems to be a day to look at sharks in a more positive light than they are normally portrayed.
Discovery Channel actually wishes their readers a “Happy Shark Awareness Day!’’
Your odds of being attacked by a shark are actually 1 in 11.5 million, according to research by the International Shark Attack File.
Negative stereotypes and images of sharks have prompted groups like The Pew Charitable Trusts to “raise awareness about the global decline of sharks, their importance to healthy marine ecosystems, and their benefit to local economies.’’
In an effort to “show sharks in a different light,’’ The Discovery Channel even listed some fun facts:
– “A great white shark can roll its eyes into the back of its head for protection when attacking prey.’’
– “In rare cases, female sharks can give birth without mating, a form of reproduction called parthenogenesis.’’
– “The dwarf lanternshark is the world’s smallest shark; it is smaller than a human hand.’’
– “A great white shark named Nicole swam 12,400 miles — across an entire ocean and back — over a 9-month period.’’
Though not as popular as Shark Week, #SharkAwarenessDay is swimming on Twitter:
Before the dinosaurs, sharks were already swimming in the ocean. Happy #Shark Awareness Day!— WWF (@WWF) July 14, 2014
#SharkAwarenessDay We should all be more aware that skates, rays, sawfish, guitarfish, etc are essentially flat sharks that need love too— Shark Advocates (@SharkAdvocates) July 14, 2014