Saturday, September 18, 2010

Super shark stuff.

Hi it's me Oscar and I think I'm just going to tell you the info and facts today.

" Contrary to popular belief, sharks aren't color blind. Divers have claimed for years that sharks are attracted to certain colors, such as the "yummy yellow" of some wetsuits. While color preference hasn't been proven, scientists know that some sharks that live in well-lit environments have developed cone cells that are just like the ones humans use to distinguish colors.

Sharks' skeletons are made entirely of cartilage, an elastic tissue that is much softer than bones. When a shark dies, salt from the ocean water completely dissolves its skeleton, leaving only the shark's teeth behind.

Sharks' eyes are on the sides of their heads, so they have an amazingly wide sight line spanning nearly 360 degrees. Their panoramic view of the undersea world is inhibited only by two blind spots, one in front of the snout and the other directly behind the head."

Did you know:

"Jaws wasn't the first time sharks have been given a bad rap. Ancient Greek historian Herodotus claimed that a group of sharks destroyed a Persian fleet in the 5th century B.C., which may have been the first time sharks were tagged with a killer reputation."
Well now I have finished my blog. Remember sharks aren't scary they are just different!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

"Sharks need our protection"

Hi everyone I found something so cool that I think that you sould take a look too, its called Shark finning - Sea shepherd. I think its cool because the Sea Shepherd was in the movie Sharkwater and before they were saving the sharks, they were saving the whales. When I saw the Sea Shepherd in the movie, I thought it was cool because they helped Rob Stewart save the sharks.

Oh I sould tell you what a little about it.

"The position of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is that no sharks should be killed and should be given complete global protection under law. Sea Shepherd has long fought the practice of longlining and regularly confiscates illegal killer lines (and nets) from the oceans.

Protecting sharks is a more difficult job than protecting dolphins or seals. From the point of view of public relations, seals are cute and dolphins have that lovely natural smile. The shark, in contrast, shows its teeth and, hence, they look menacing.

However, dolphin lovers should know that fishermen kill and cut up dolphins for shark bait for their longline hooks.

I think this website is really neat but I think it is sad that long line fishermen are hurting two different species.

How do you think we can put an end to this?

I think we should take away their BOATS because then they won't have any way to get out onto the ocean! Paddle boats and sail boats aren't as fast as motor boats, and the sharks would just bite the little plastic rafts! So the long line fishermen would have NO CHOICE but to give it up!!

See you next weekend!

Remember, sharks aren't scary they are just different!!


Monday, September 6, 2010

Vegetarian Shark Fin Soup & comedy facts about sharks

Hi everyone I was just looking at this blog called Red Cook and it is cool! You should look at it too. It's so cool because it talks about banning shark finning! Isn't that AMAZING!?? There is also a recipe for Shark fin soup made out of VEGETABLES instead of shark fins!! I think that's great because I like sharks and because it doesn't use shark fins!!

This is the recipe from the Red Cook blog:

Vegetarian Shark Fin Soup
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Slow cooking time: 30 minutes

7 oz. konnyaku (Japanese yam cake, preferably with seaweed powder)
4 oz. bamboo shoots
2 oz. dried wood ear mushrooms
2 oz. dried kelp
4 cups vegetarian stock
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 egg
Cornstarch slurry made from 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1/4 cup water
12 oz. mung bean sprouts
1/2 cup Chinkiang black vinegar

Prepare the vegetarian stock according to the recipe in my previous post. Reconstitute both the wood ear mushrooms and the kelp in warm water for about 15 minutes. In the meantime julienne the konnyaku cake and the bamboo shoots in very fine shreds. Set aside. Julienne both the wood ear mushrooms and the kelp in very fine shreds as well. Be sure to cut the kelp against the grain. Set aside.

Clip both ends of the mung bean sprouts and keep only the crunchy white part. Known as “silver sprout” or yin ya, these sprouts regularly accompany shark fin soup. Blanch them in boiling water for just about a minute. Drain and set aside.

After straining the vegetarian stock, bring the liquid to a boil in a large pot. Add all the ingredients for the soup except the egg and cornstarch slurry. Simmer the soup for about 20 minutes then add the cornstarch slurry and continue to cook until the broth thickens. Beat the egg in a bowl. Swirl the egg into the soup and keep cooking for another minute or two, or until the egg is completely cooked. Serve the soup piping hot with silver sprouts and Chinkiang black vinegar separately and on the site.

Also this is cool! My mom saw this on Sharkwater's facebook page:

Rob Stewart is on the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson for a candid evening of shark ‘tales’ and myth-busting! Craig Ferguson recently starred in the TV special Shark Bites: Adventures in Shark Week on Discovery Channel US, which follows Craig his on his first experience diving with sharks.

Don’t miss Rob on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson!Tune in to CBS on Tuesday night 12:35am EST.

This is my dad's shark "fact":
Some of you may be surprised to know that the San Jose Sharks aren't sharks at all, but a professional hockey team. Talk about misleading names.

So now you know the difference and now it's over and I say good-bye until next week end.
Remember, sharks aren't scary they are just different!!