Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” is misleading the public again this year with several documentaries. So why are scientists allowing themselves to be featured in these pseudoscience disasters? There’s a simple reason: Shark Week producers have been lying to them.
Love sharks, but dislike Discovery’s Shark Week? Here’s some videos, shows, and documentaries you can watch instead:
Color-changing manta rays need new ID cards
Scientists have just found out that some manta rays can change colors, which is awesome, except for the fact that mantas’ markings are what scientists use to identify species and individuals. The changes aren’t particularly kaleidoscopy: mantas have a baseline color, and areas like the mouth or “shoulders” turn white within a few minutes when feeding, meeting a new ray, or performing courtship displays, and then turn back. While the color changes are pretty much only on mantas’ backs, it’s usually the ventral side (the underbelly, which you can see in the photo) that’s used to identify individual rays, so there shouldn’t be any problems with telling which ray is which. There is an issue, though, in that certain species’ defining characteristics may be their baseline- or their changed-coloring (at least one species is recognized by white shoulder stripes, which only show up in a color-changed state), so species counts could be wrong. Effective conservation depends on accurate numbers of individuals in a species, so there’s probably a lot more we need to understand about mantas and how to weed out fake IDs.
……………………………….so I was like “chill its not like you show up at the top of his chat list……..*has conversation with him while he checks his email* D: I do show up at the top of his chat list.
Hello! Just a heads up that the Western Australia Shark Cull is still on-going! WA’s state government has proposed to extend their catch-and-kill policies to national authorities, in which EPA (Environmenal Protection Agency) is currently reviewing.
Sharks are an important part of our environment and are extremely crucial to the ocean’s ecosystems! Please spread the word that this is STILL on-going, it’s not over yet, and we need to stop them!
Here are some things you can do to help!
Petitions You Can Sign:
What you can do:
i. Write to WA government officials! Let them know that you are displeased with the cull and express your concerns! If you aren’t from Australia, send them an email anyways—state that you will not visit Australia or will have no interest in doing so until they lift the ban.
WA believes that the shark cull will not deter people from visiting—in fact, they believe that it will encourage more people to visit! Let them know that this is not true!
People you can write to:
24th Floor, Governor Stirling Tower
197 St Georges Terrace
Perth, WA 6000
Telephone: +61 8 6552-5000 / Fax: (08) 6552-5001
29th Floor, Allendale
Perth, WA 6000
Telephone: +61 8 6552-6800 / Fax: (08) 6552-6801
ii. Educate yourself and others! Not a lot of people are aware of this issue as they should be—if people side with the issue, don’t be angry with them! Ask why, they’re most likely misinformed and unaware that sharks aren’t actually that dangerous to humans! Hopefully they will listen and agree with you then.
That’s all I have for now, I think! If you have any other recommendations or suggestions, please feel free to add on! Thanks for reading!
Australia: Sea Shepherd are doing a one off screening of their documentary about the Western Australia Shark Cull. Tickets, dates and locations are available here.
Also, rallies are being held across the country on the 7th of September which is National Threatened Species Day. Locations include: Sydney, Gold Coast, NSW Central Coast, Adelaide and Perth. Please attend one if you can and voice your opposition of the shark cull!
Myth: Sharks are hungry man eaters looking for any chance to attack.
Fact: Sharks are not hunting humans. Most “attacks” on humans are mistakes due to poor water visibility or are inquisitive bites. This is why there are so many more bites than fatalities.
Myth: Sharks are all the same.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Calculus
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Algebra
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Theorem
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Analysis
Harry Potter and the Order of Operations
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Statistician
Harry Potter and the Deathly Algorithms
OH MY FUCKING GOD
AND THE ORDER OF OPERATIONS
I’m in Dumbledores math club…
More like Harry Hypotternuse.
You’re a mathemagician, Harry.