Great White Sharks | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

The Great White Shark—one of the most feared predators in the seas. This is one of the most dangerous sharks in the world, considered by many to be a man-eater. But just how aggressive are these sharks? Join me on an expedition to investigate great white sharks. Hi, I’m Jonathan Bird and welcome to my […]

Shark Feeding Frenzies | SHARK ACADEMY

Does a chum in the water really drive sharks into feeding frenzies? I’m Jonathan Bird and this is Shark Academy! In the classic stereotypical feeding frenzy, sharks go insane when there is blood in the water, and the bite at everything around, even each other. However, I have been in the water with many kinds […]

Megalodon Sharks | SHARK ACADEMY

It’s the largest shark you’ve never seen, and it makes the Great White shark look like a shrimp…shark. I’m Jonathan Bird, and this is Shark Academy! This is a tooth from a Great White shark, but this is a tooth from a Megalodon shark, which makes the Great White shark look kind of wimpy. The […]

How Do Sharks Breathe? | SHARK ACADEMY

Do sharks need to keep swimming all the time to keep breathing? Can they ever take a rest? I’m Jonathan Bird and this is Shark Academy! It used to be thought that sharks had to keep swimming all the time to keep water moving into their mouth and out through their gills so they could […]

Longtail Carpet Sharks | SHARK ACADEMY

You won’t find them in your carpet or your bamboo flooring, but they do walk! Have no idea what I’m talking about? You will! I’m Jonathan Bird and this is Shark Academy! The family of small bottom-dwelling sharks known as “Longtail Carpet Sharks” consists of two distinct genera, commonly known as the Bamboo sharks and […]

Shark Smell | SHARK ACADEMY

How good is a shark’s smell, and how important is it to the shark? I’m Jonathan Bird, and this is Shark Academy! Sharks have nostrils just like people. They’re called Nares or Nasal Cavities. But unlike the nostrils on a person, sharks can’t breath through theirs, they’re only for smelling. As you probably know, shark […]

Caribbean Reef Sharks | SHARK ACADEMY

It’s the most common shark in the Caribbean, and not only does it almost never attack anybody, but it’s the most popular shark for shark diving! I’m Jonathan Bird and this is Shark Academy! The Caribbean Reef Shark looks like a Galapagos Shark or a Gray Reef Shark, but it’s only found in the Caribbean […]

Spiny Dogfish Shark | SHARK ACADEMY

It was once the most abundant shark species in the world, but now, sadly, it mostly ends up in “Fish & Chips.” I’m Jonathan Bird and this is Shark Academy. The Spiny Dogfish shark is a small, feisty little shark that schools in huge numbers, but unfortunately its stocks have declined 95% in recent years […]

Shark Finning | SHARK ACADEMY

Sharks are endangered all over the world, and one of the reasons unfortunately, is soup. I’m Jonathan Bird and this is Shark Academy! Shark Fin Soup is a Chinese delicacy dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Like serving caviar at a party in the west, serving shark fin soup at an event in China symbolizes […]