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Monday, 05 August 2013 19:51

Shark Week

We at Shotem and Caughtem get pretty excited for Shark Week.  Nothing embraces the predator instinct better than watching Mother Nature's other apex predators and seeing how they work and react over a weeks worth of great episodes on Discovery.  We decided this would be a perfect time to revival in what this great program has done to help with efforts to research and better understand how they work.  

Even though a little theatrics never hurt Shark week will open up its season with a new Air Jaws.  It has been their new signature episode to show the 2 ton Great White Shark leap out of the water in procure its meal.  What is extremely unique is the landscape of where these sharks hunt.  They have adapted over decades to realize that the seals they hunt can not see them from the depths close to the island.  They then shoot straight up and are able to make their kill in a split second decision.  The even more amazing thing is that the seals quickness only allows a very small amount of seals to actually be taken this way.

Sharks are fishes, contained within the taxonomic class called Chondrichthyes (meaning "cartilage-fish"). Sharks and other cartilaginous fishes (rays, skates, and ratfishes) differ from the bony fishes in that they have a cartilaginous skeleton, and lack a swim bladder. This class of fishes contains over 600 species worldwide, including over 300 species of sharks.

Sometimes sharks are referred to as primitive creatures. They are an ancient group of animals, so it might seem correct to assume that they are primitive. Unfortunately, this assumption is wrong. Recent studies have shown that sharks are, in fact, quite sophisticated. Most sharks have an incredible sense of smell. These sharks can detect one drop of blood dissolved in as much as one million gallons of water. Many sharks can detect the extremely minute electrical currents generated by the muscles of swimming fish. Some sharks can sense at a great distance the tiny pressure variations generated by an injured fish struggling to swim. Contrary to popular opinion, most sharks have excellent low light vision, thanks to a mirror located behind the retina. This mirror reflects light through the retina a second time. A shark may have many rows of teeth. When an old tooth breaks or becomes too dull, a new one rotates into place.

Sharks are very important in the ocean ecosystem. Like most top predators, sharks feed on the sick and weak, thereby keeping the schools of fish on which they feed healthy. Lions and tigers serve the same role in their respective ecosystems, removing the weaker animals from the herds, and keeping the gene pool strong. 

Shark populations are dwindling due to heavy commercial fishing and the general attitude that they are nothing more than a nuisance. This shortsighted view of the ocean ecosystem is dangerous--a shortage of sharks could be disastrous to the health of ocean food chains, including but certainly not limited to the ones we rely upon for food resources. We humans are already placing enough strain on these food chains as it is, without adding the shark to the equation.

As we have discussed many times the hunters and fisherman/woman of this world have an obligation to help protect the animals that contribute to the sport we love.  Protecting our resources is the key to raising future outdoorsman/woman.  Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below and as always post your photos to the galleries and tell us your story.  

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Monday, 25 February 2013 19:25

Whitetail Buck Deer Movements Research

Recently, we at Shotem and Caughtem were made aware of a great article on deer movements and thought we would share.  The article tracked Whitetail deer movements for a year and then discussed the results.  As you can tell by the photos the article picked an area with trees, pasture, water and tillable ground to show the best places to set up food plots, cameras and hunting stands.  As always please comment below on your experiences with deer movement and post photos to the galleries and start a discussion.

 

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