Western Myths: Mixed feelings shape our shark myths
Terror, loathing, admirationsharks and rays arouse very mixed feelings. And our feelings shape the stories we tell about these animals.
Stories of shark attacks have spawned generations of terror-filled legends. What's your worst nightmare or most terrifying tale about sharks?
Like people everywhere, people in Western cultures express their myths through the media of their timefrom fine art to box office hits.
From clever cartoons to comical TV skits, popular media pokes fun at sharks. Are sharks like usor are we the ones who sometimes act like sharks?
Fortunately, more and more Westerners are beginning to respect these ancient fish as they do the great whalesas majestic creatures of the sea.
Shark School of Art
Check out our tips for drawing shark cartoons! Then create a comic strip that illustrates the need for shark conservation and we'll post it on our web site!
Color a Sea of Sharks
Sharks belong to one of the most ancient groups of fishes on earth. This wonderful coloring page by Ray Troll from his book Sharkabet shows a world of living and extinct sharks.
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We're studying white sharks at sea
In 2002, the aquarium launched a multi-year study in Southern California waters to capture, tag and track young white sharks. The more we learn about their biology and migration patterns, the better we can protect them for the future.
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One of the best ways you can help white sharks is by joining the aquarium or supporting our shark research. With your help, we'll create a safer future for these amazing animals.
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