Welcome Shark fanatics, I present to you the Great White Shark, a true giant of the ocean. A fascinating physiological trait that makes this creature even more remarkable is its skin. Now, you may be thinking, "Why would anyone care about a shark's skin?" Well, let me tell you, it's not just any ordinary skin. It's tough, it's rough, and it's built to last.
First off, let's talk about its texture. The Great White Shark's skin is covered in dermal denticles, which are essentially small tooth-like structures. They're arranged in rows that overlap like slates on a roof. This gives the shark's skin a sandpaper-like texture, making it incredibly abrasive. In fact, if you were to run your hand against the grain of a Great White Shark's skin, you'd likely end up with some nasty cuts and abrasions. But this texture isn't just for show. It's what makes the shark's skin so hydrodynamic.
The shape of the dermal denticles reduces drag as the shark swims through the water, allowing it to move more efficiently. It's like having built-in microscopic wings that help the shark glide through the water with ease. It's no wonder that the Great White Shark can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.
But that's not all. The Great White Shark's skin is also incredibly durable. The dermal denticles protect the shark from cuts and scrapes, and also provide an extra layer of armour against potential attackers. And believe me, this shark needs all the protection it can get. With Orcas, the giant sea pandas of the sea hunting them as well as just about every kind of impact humans have on the ocean Great White Shark skin is imperative for its survival. It also heals insanely quickly, open wounds can heal to small scars in a matter of weeks also helping its survival rate.
So, what can we learn from the Great White Shark's skin? For starters, we can look at the design of the dermal denticles and use it to create more efficient, hydrodynamic surfaces in a range of applications, from swimsuits to aircraft wings. We can also use the knowledge gained from studying the skin's durability to develop stronger, more resilient materials for use in everything from sports equipment to body armour.
THIS VIDEO WAS TAKEN AT SEAL ISLAND IN MOSSEL BAY A HARBOUR TOWN ON THE GARDEN ROUTE IN SOUTH AFRICA’S WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE. YOU CAN SEE OTHER SIMILAR BEHAVIOUR IN SOME OF THE OTHER CLIPS ON THE CHANNEL.
In conclusion, the Great White Shark's skin is a remarkable feat of evolution, honed over millions of years to make it one of the most efficient and formidable predators in the ocean. It's a testament to the power of nature and a source of inspiration for scientists and engineers alike. And if you ever find yourself face to face with a Great White Shark, just remember to admire its skin from a safe distance.