Sharks and humans have a complex relationship.
We have a respect and reverence for these ocean dwellers, partially out of admiration for their perfectly evolved predatory skills, partially out of a fear of their ferocity and dominance of the oceans.
Perhaps this is why Shark Week is such a popular event, or why there are so many infographics about sharks. Here are 13 of them:
- Recently, a terrifying event triggered a newfound fear of these oceanic masters. Sharknado is absurdly over the top, but it reaches a deep-seated fear — airborne sharks. Visually took a look at this impending threat with John Nelson in The Global Sharknado Threat.
- We believe the sharks achieve airborne status by leaping into the tornado from the water. Flying Sharks gives a good estimate of which sharks you can expect to see in a Sharknado.
- Weight plays a major role in sharks’ ability to stay aloft. Shark Weight can give you a good idea of which sharks will never end up airborne.
- Once they’re in the air, speed is a large factor in sharks’ maneuverability. The World’s Fastest Sharks will help you identify which sharks can outmaneuver aircraft, and fly against the wind.
- Back on the serious side of things, all of these relate to one central point. Man vs. Shark.
- But maybe we are looking at a gross misunderstanding of a beautiful and graceful creature. They have filled an ecological niche for 34,000,000 years, and we have only been around for 200,000. So what really is the Status of the Shark?