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Smiliarities and Differences Between Sharks vs Whales
Sharks Say They Are Out for Blubber!!!
Whales Want to Kick Some Prehistoric Tail!!!
Well to begin with Sharks are fish, and whales are mammals. Sharks lay eggs, Whale give live birth. Sharks are carniverous/omniverous and whales for the most part are not carniverous (but mainly derive protiens from plankoton). Sharks do not sleep, whales have a kind of sleep pattern as they are mammals. Which one is older evolutionarily is debatable - Sharks are older if you look at it from science, Whales are older if you look at it biblically. Sharks attack their food and hunt, Whales do not. Sharks do not raise their young, Whales stay with their young nearly six months. Sharks are not an endangered species, Whales are. Sharks are not trained to be entertainment at Seaworld or wildlife parks, Whales are. Sharks breed consistently in captivity, Whales do no breed as openly in captivity. Sharks have one natural enemy dolphins, Whales have one natural enemy the Giant Squid - and one unnatural enemy Man. Sharks have one of the smallest brains of any creature human size or larger, Whales have the a brain just barely bigger than a shark. Sharks appear to base almost all of their activity upon instincts and primal drives involuntarily, Whales appear to have some self determination as they occasionally committ suicide when old or injured. Sharks are not friendly toward humans or any other meat so you cannot swim with them safely, Whales of some species may let you swim or ride them for brief periods. Sharks have no language or communication that we know of, Whales make noise of many kinds and sing to one another over distances. Sharks will eat other sharks, whales do not eat each other. Sharks are rarely found washed upon beaches, whales beach themselves due to old age, death, and sometimes poisoning of the water where they live. Sharks do not spawn or migrate seasonally, Whales travel in groups with seasonal patterns. Sharks do not surface to breathe, Whales must surface regularly. Sharks as far as we know do not drown, Whales can drown in open waters. Sharks have been known to grow as large as an average the Blue Whale, Whales are ten times larger generally than the average Great White Shark. Sharks do not like bright light, Whales are not generally bothered by light. Sharks do not technically hear for they have no ears, but do use a kind of sonar location, Whales have both sonar and auditory capabilities but do not have ears. Sharks warn their presence when their dorsal fin cuts the water but do not seem to be aware of this factor but for sonar, Whales generally do not need to warn of their presence but when provoked are keenly aware of their size and will use their bodies and tales destructively if necessary. Sharks have jumped aboard tuna schooners to attack both fish and fisherman, whales do not usually jump out of the water unless at Seaworld and being fed a fish. Sharks are said to be vulnerable to a punch directly in the nose to avoid an attack by one, Whales I do not believe have this same vulnerability. Sharks can attack and kill at one day old, Whales probably can as well. Sharks are most closely related to ancient Great White Sharks and have not changed at all in almost two million years, Whales are most closely related to Whales and their land roaming cousin the Elephant. Sharks have an endless supply of teeth that grow back in days no matter how many are lost, Whales were hunted for their bones and teeth and some have tusks like Elephants. Sharks do not have horns of any kind, the Narwah Whale has a twenty foot tusk that spirals sometimes making them look like a unicorn of myth. Sharks and Whales have never been mistaken for unicorns. Sharks have nearly razor sharp skin that can rip liferafts and break more dense materials by scuffing up against it, Whales have died due to being hit by large ship proepllars and are hunted with harpoons. Sharks are not hunted for sport (and only minorly for their actual meat ) yet they elevated weapons technology by forcing man to invent the only propelled water rifle the speargun, whales are are no longer allowed to be hunted but were still always hunted with nets and harpoons. The Eskimo do not nor have ever hunted for Shark, the eskimo hunted the Orca Whale. The Mayan civiliztion had records and history that they knew what Sharks were, they do not have any history or make knowledge of Whales. The Egyptians had recoreded knowledge of the existence of Sharks, the Egyptians do not have recorded knowledge of the existence of Whales. The Vikings had recorded knowledge of both Sharks and Whales. The Chinese and Japanese knew of the existence of both Sharks and Whales. Jonah was a Jew, and one of the only recorded events in ancient history when someone was said to have been swollowed rather than eaten by a sea creature - but although sunday school teachers call the story Jonah and the whale, the Bible says 'the great fish'... it is unlikely a Shark would swollow for the usually bite apart their prey anyone and then spit them out, a Whale is a more likely to be unaware that it swollowed something as large as a human and could have done this - we just don't know about that one for sure. Sharks are reported about on television news yearly more than any other sea creature due to attacking humans, Whales have only on televsion news when doing tricks for the cameras at seaworld, beaching themselves to die. Sharks will hunt a human if it they are cut and bleeding, Whales do not hunt humans. Sharks have made more money at the box office in raw sales (Jaws), Whales have made more money in the video/dvd/and rental sales of their movies (Free Willy). Sharks appeared just barely more minutes of time on the camera than Whales on all the episodes of Jacques Cousteau. And lastly a Whale Shark is a shark, not a Whale.