If you missed the recent Twitter thread I wrote on sharks in the North Sea, you’re in luck! This is the slightly ‘extended’ version of what happened on Twitter!
It won’t be long until I’ll be in the North Sea floating alone in a raft with only my wits, water and a rescue beacon for the demo mission called #OperationSharkBait in operation with @SARGalileo. (You can follow them and the hashtag on Twitter.) If it all goes well, I’ll be pulled out of the water like batman below. If it doesn’t work, well… there’s a reason why it’s called #OperationSharkBait.
Whilst thinking all about the North Sea, that got me thinking: Um guys… are there any Sharks? The short answer is. Yes. There are sharks in the North Sea and they are the majestic misunderstood creatures of the deep with pointy and continually replaced teeth. (Seriously – they continuously generate more teeth after they lose the first ones)
Now, the North Sea is a pretty wild and wonderful place bordered by England, Scotland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and France.
So, what kind of sharks will be there whilst I’m floating around during #OperationSharkbait? This is what I was wondering: Are there sharks in the North Sea and what kind are there?
According to my research, I found three main types of sharks in the North sea. There is the Dogfish, the Catshark and the Smooth Hound. And, with names like that… are they even remotely dangerous? Two are named after dogs and one is named after a cat.
Yeah… pretty scary….. NOT. Also in the ‘not so scary’ category goes to the Basking Shark! These badass gaping mouth ‘FEEED MEEEEEer’s’ sometimes get lost and wander into the waters of the North Sea. There have only been five official sightings ever reported off the coast of Belgium.
They’re really harmless. They eat the little things but I can only imagine having my foot kinda hooked in their mouth and dragged along for the ride.
An Aussie girl gone walkabout in the great big world!