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Fwd: Wholly Flying Mako Sharks! (temporary divergence RE: Cost in Aquatic Birds (long))
I accidentally sent this only to Jean-Michel ...
--- "Jaime A. Headden" <email@example.com> wrote:
> Date: Sat, 6 Apr 2002 19:28:37 -0800 (PST)
> From: "Jaime A. Headden" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Wholly Flying Mako Sharks! (temporary divergence RE: Cost in
> Aquatic Birds (long))
> To: Jean-michel BENOIT <Jean-Michel.BENOIT@gemplus.com>
> People wondered about mako sharks "flying" that I refered to in a recent
> The thing is, mako sharks (*Isurus* spp.) are well-known to launch
> themselves out of the water at such high speeds (they are among the
> fastest of chondrichthyans) that they have been able to leap over small
> human craft and boats, and appear to "fly" from this aspect. Like other
> mackerel sharks (Selachii, Galeiformes, Isuridae) including the white
> (*Carcharodon,* Isuridae), the mako shark is also known for leaping
> up and spinning in the air, a behavior also noted in spinner dolphins,
> whereas the flying launch is known in the blue shark (*Prionace,*
> Carcharinidae, Galeiformes) as well.
> I can't cite anything ... this is observed data. Tiger sharks
> (*Galecerdo* spp.) are known to jump from the water over smaller craft,
> but this is less common and less impressive than the mako leaps, which
> have been known to span nearly 20ft and a somewhat 8ft-tall arc.
> --- blame me for the data if I got it wrong,
> Jaime A. Headden
> Little steps are often the hardest to take. We are too used to making
> leaps in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do. We
> should all learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us
> rather than zoom by it.
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