Apparently, some species of sharks have the ability to bark like dogs when threatened. Granted, the species that have been witnessed to bark—the swellshark and draughtsboard shark—aren't the most intimidating on their own.
Here's the thing about the sharks: as a general rule, they don't make sounds. Across sharks' 400-500 species, no one has ever found an organ even capable of making sound. (The closest is a New Zealand shark that “barks” by expelling water.)
The draughtsboard shark (Cephaloscyllium isabellum) is a species of catshark, and part of the family Scyliorhinidae, so named for its "checkerboard" color pattern of dark blotches. It is endemic to New Zealand, where it is also known as the carpet shark (which usually refers to the entire order Orectolobiformes).
Description. Wobbegongs are bottom-dwelling sharks, spending much of their time resting on the sea floor. Most species have a maximum length of 1.25 m (4.1 ft), but the largest, the spotted wobbegong, Orectolobus maculatus, and banded wobbegong, O. halei, reach about 3 m (9.8 ft) in length.
At birth, the shark is 17 to 18 cm in length. Males mature when they are about a length of 1.6 ft [50 cm], and females at about 2.1 ft [65 cm]. They can grow to be over 2.5 ft [75 cm]. They prefer the bottom of the ocean floor in very shallow inshore areas, less than 19.7 ft [6 m].
So, do sharks poop? They sure do! Every living animal that consumes food has to have a way of getting rid of waste.
Unlike their noisy neighbors, sharks have no organs for producing sound. Even their scales are modified to allow them to slip through the water in ghost-like silence.
They absolutely love to be pet. As you can imagine, sharks do not feel the sensation of human touch very often. Many of us would never dream of swimming in the same water as wild sharks, let alone sticking a hand out to touch one.
Nurse sharks are thought to be among the most docile sharks, and frequently allow humans to swim near them or pet them.
Do you clobber it in the nose to fight it off? Not if you plan on getting away. Despite the old saying that aiming for the snout is the best strategy, a shark's most sensitive areas are really its eyes and its gills. Aiming for the nose, which is not known to be a weak spot, is generally considered a bad idea.
If you wanted to drown a pelagic shark, all you'd need to do would be to get a good grip on its tail and pull it back through the water. This reverses its ventilation process, preventing the shark from getting the oxygen he needs. Anything that prevents a pelagic shark from swimming will cause it to suffocate.
But do they really smile? Not likely. In sharks and other fish, the parts of the brain related to feelings aren't developed enough to produce a smile. Some animals do apparently show feelings such as happiness, anger and fear.
We've all seen tiger sharks in aquariums just hanging there, unlike most sharks which would sink, well this is their secret! They let air out in the form of a fart when they want to lose buoyancy.
Do sharks have tongues? Sharks have a tongue referred to as a basihyal. The basihyal is a small, thick piece of cartilage located on the floor of the mouth of sharks and other fishes. It appears to be useless for most sharks with the exception of the cookiecutter shark.
Many different species of shark have been documented regurgitating the indigestible parts of whatever they recently ate. Sometimes the stress response is so severe that they vomit up their stomachs. This gastric eversion is triggered by a stress response, but the behavior itself may be a natural occurrence.
Whatever method they use to breathe, sharks are able to engage in periods of deep rest while still but do not fall asleep in the traditional sense. Lacking eyelids, their eyes remain perpetually open, and their pupils still monitor the motion of creatures swimming around them.
No, sharks are not mammals, but actually fall under the category, or class, of fish. All species of sharks are classified as fish, and further fall into the subclass of Elasmobranchii. It has often been questioned why sharks are fish, while other large sea creatures - like dolphins or whales - are mammals.
A great white shark may take more than one hit and a lot of biting to beat a crocodile, but eventually, the great white shark will win. Sharks species smaller than a great white easily lose to crocodiles. The shark is always the prey when crocodiles and small sharks fight in shallow waters.
Scientists just figured out how they rest. Some shark species can't stop moving, and now researchers have figured out one way they rest.
Shark species that need to swim constantly to keep water moving over their gills seem to have active periods and restful periods, rather than undergoing deep sleep as we do. They seem to be “sleep swimming,” with parts of their brain being less active, or "resting," while the shark remains swimming.
As one Redditor noted, “no matter who or what you are, you can't pass up a good belly rub.” This affectionate little interaction goes on for well over a minute before the shark drifts off and the diver picks up right where he left off, like giving belly rubs to sharks is all in a day's work!