The waters off the tip of Southern Africa are a haven for sharks. Roughly 140 different species inhabit the cold waters along the western coast of the continent and the temperate seas along the east–huge, but harmless whale sharks, and predators like the fearsome Great White, 15-foot-long tiger sharks, swift short fin makos, and the sand tiger shark, one of a surprisingly large number of cannibalistic members of the animal kingdom, in which sibling rivalry reaches murderous extremes.
In Sharkland, you’ll learn why species that are normally found oceans apart converge in this one relatively small stretch of coastline, and you’ll be introduced to many of these unique animals, including the catsharks of the Agulhas Bank a 155-mile-wide stretch of shallow warm seas off the southeastern tip of the continent, Southern Africa’s richest fishing grounds. You’ll also explore nature’s most extreme sharks – the fastest, fiercest, smallest, and strongest – and discover the innovative adaptations that have made the Great White such an efficient killing machine.
Online content for Sharkland was originally posted May 2007.
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F. MURRAY ABRAHAM
MARGUERITE SMITS VAN OYEN
DR LEONARD J. V. COMPAGNO
PROF CHARLES GRIFFITHS
DR MALCOLM J. SMALE
THE BBC WISHES TO THANK
SOUTHAMPTON OCEANOGRAPHY CENTRE
OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
NATAL SHARKS BOARD
EZEMVELO KWAZULU-NATAL WILDLIFE
TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
MARINE AND COASTAL MANAGEMENT
ANDREA RAMALHO & RALF KIEFNER
© 2005 BBC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
Main Title and Series Graphics
Original NATURE Theme
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