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If your wondering this is a female shark
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#245105 - 08/15/07 09:02 PM Re: sleeping with head under a rock belly up? [Re: elbert]
elbert Offline
They seem to be like and ostrich about sticking their head in holes but first time I've seem one belly up.
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#245107 - 08/15/07 09:10 PM Re: sleeping with head under a rock belly up? [Re: elbert]
Dita Offline
I just watched a special on either National Geographic or Discovery Channel talking about sharks in that position are virtually out of it, literally. They performed a small surgery to implant a sort of GPS device on a small lemon shark and the thing never moved when they made the opening to implant it or stictch it up. Amazing.


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#245113 - 08/15/07 11:00 PM Re: sleeping with head under a rock belly up? [Re: Dita]
elbert Offline
Yes i do belive that upside down for them has some effect of calm.
but this is a bad position to be in for her if a male passes and notices ,or perhaps not?
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#245116 - 08/15/07 11:52 PM Re: sleeping with head under a rock belly up? [Re: elbert]
collyk Offline
Elbert what a great picture. Absolutely fascinating. I'd love to hear more about that behaviour.
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#245120 - 08/16/07 12:21 AM Re: sleeping with head under a rock belly up? [Re: collyk]
elbert Offline
I was avoiding saying to much because I do on occasion flip sharks to make them docile this I'm sure is not a politically correct thing. It shuts them down they don't wiggle or squirm, it allows us to examine them more closely.
I don't know exactly what this shark had in her mind but often notice them sleeping with their head under a rock in the daytime but never belly up. I joke with other divers asking them if they know how to tell a male shark from a female and tell them to grab the tale ,flip them over and look at the bottom. But seriously this is a female she has a special set of fins around her vagina called claspers that are for the purpose of holding on to the male during intercourse....oops did i really say that?

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#245146 - 08/16/07 04:04 AM Re: sleeping with head under a rock belly up? [Re: elbert]
seaexplore Offline
sweet pic!
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#245174 - 08/16/07 03:02 PM Re: sleeping with head under a rock belly up? [Re: seaexplore]
elbert Offline
Emelinao gets credit for this pic he took it Tuesday night while doing some research on snapper spawning for Green Reef.
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#245209 - 08/16/07 06:42 PM Re: sleeping with head under a rock belly up? [Re: elbert]
Marty Offline
really cool

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#245359 - 08/18/07 03:03 AM Re: sleeping with head under a rock belly up? [Re: Marty]
seashell Offline
Any chance that nurseshark was a goner?
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