Interesting facts about sharks – are they attracted to human foods
Sure sharks eat seals, fish, dolphins, sea lions, and other underwater mammals and fish. But these types of foods certainly are not on our plates. So can they be tempted by other kids of meat? Like turkey? You know the kind that rests on our plate for thanksgiving break? You would guess yes right? I mean sharks are big gluttons, and if they are capable of taking big bites out of us then of course they’ll eat other meats, especially if it’s thrown out to them for free. I mean, they would be silly not to take it. Well, let’s find out.
Researchers have tested to see whether or not Sharks can be tempted by “our” kinds of meat. They head to the local grocery store and pick out a few cuts : whole turkey, ham, beef ribs They head out to the sea to conduct their tests. They first throw the turkey out to the sea, to the shark. It bites! But wait, it spites it right out! That’s right, it took a bite our for sure, but then spit it out, its not interested. Next on the list, ham. Good ol’ ham, will the shark reject it too? What’s this? It didn’t want the Ham at all, didn’t even take a bite. I guess it’s really not interested.
Well, now for the beef ribs, and its 50 pounds of beef ribs at that, let’s see if this is any different. Indeed! It took a bite, and a big one at that, it’s a keeper. The shark eats it all, its one well fed shark. So lets recap here, the shark is interested in the turkey, but not enough to eat it. The shark couldn’t care less about the ham, and the beef ribs, well lets just say there were none left. So what might this suggest? A big great shark like the great white may only be satisfied by large prey. Which means that for us humans, we may not have enough fat content to satisfy the shark, but we may just be big enough for him to become interested.