I am enjoying watching the Rio Olympics and seeing athletes winning medals, so the next three animals will be based on the different medals you can win, starting with the bronze whalers.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- Also known as copper sharks, these large sharks can grow over 3 metres long.
- They are called whalers because they used to gather in large numbers around whale carcasses after they had been harpooned in the 19th century.
- Bronze whalers are very fast swimmers and usually hunt by themselves, but every year, they get together in large numbers to catch millions of South African pilchards during the annual sardine run.
- Like other sharks, they give birth to live young, with 7-24 pups being born every litter. They take a long time to mature after being born.
- Bronze whalers are found in shallow waters and down to a depth of 100 metres in a wide range in the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. Their numbers are dropping due to over-fishing and it takes a long time for them to recover their numbers as they are slow breeders.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about bronze whalers?