Regardless of sharks being portrayed as the epitome of fear and danger, it’s always exciting to see sharks flying in the sky. However, their leaping behavior does raise the stakes of terrors that ordinary swimmers, divers, and surfer’s encounter. Though It is rare to see sharks jumping out of the water, seeing them flying is surely going to be a whole lot more dramatic. Well, it’s not the view you can get in any ocean, but Africa’s flying sharks are the ones famous for that. Want to know more about them? Here’s your read.
What are Africa’s flying sharks?
Great white sharks are also known as Africa’s flying sharks as a large number of them can be found leaping in the False Bay, a water body in South Africa. This area is known for its extraordinary seal colony, a favorite meal of the Great White Sharks. As seals contain a substantial amount of body fat, they provide sharks with an additional source of energy.
Given the hunting and leaping capabilities of the great whites, they fly high in the air on the African island’s coast to hunt their prey. As a great white shark has a very dark upper body, it blends in well with the sea’s black depths, allowing it to surprise its prey from below.
Deep down, the Great White picks up enormous speed as soon as it spots a seal near the surface of the water. In order to reduce turbulence, the cigar-shaped and dermal denticles on the skin help it thrust like a shooter. In an attempt to grab its prey, the shark opens its toothed jaws and clamps down on the seal with immense force.
A shark’s bite can cause a seal to be thudded high into the air if it misjudges its bite, which can often result in the seal being incapacitated permanently. This pursuit of prey by the largest predatory shark is surely an awestruck experience that visitors or researchers can ever see.
Do great white sharks leap out of the water only to hunt?
It is interesting to note that, at times, you will see sharks leaping out of the water even if no prey is present. It may be out of joy or anything else; the reasons are unknown. It is quite apparent, however, a particular population of Great White Sharks has acquired this behavior from one another, indicating a high level of intelligence.
To surprise you even more, do you know that there are species of sharks other than the great white that also display a leaping behavior and sometimes even jump higher than the great white sharks can? The spinner sharks, Mako sharks, and Thresher sharks are all famous for their leaping capabilities.
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With that said, shark aerial attacks are becoming rarer, and associates in South Africa’s shark tourism business think they are onto something. Long-line fisheries targeting smaller shark species, which great whites prefer to prey on, are believed to be the cause. It may also be due to changing ocean conditions that great white sharks are resorting to new hunting grounds.
Many reasons make great white sharks famous, and one of their virtues is that they are also called Africa’s flying sharks. Visitors from all around the world are given official tours to discover these flying sharks. There is no doubt that great white sharks are dangerous creatures, so it is advisable to maintain a safe distance at all times.