Shark Night 3D: Facts About Sharks
Terror runs deep.
• Sharks are at the top of the food chain, which means they’re not instinctively afraid of anything.
• The United States tops the list for shark attacks worldwide.
• About two-thirds of shark attacks on humans have taken place in water less than six feet deep.
• Like most predators, sharks use stealth and surprise to strike their victims. Most shark attack survivors say they never saw the shark that bit them. Shark Senses
• Sharks have been called “swimming noses” because their sense of smell is so keen. Some sharks can detect a single drop of blood in 100 million drops of water.
• Sharks’ hearing is also acute—some can hear prey in the water from 3,000 feet (more than half a mile) away.
• Because their eyes are set wide apart and they constantly move their heads from side to side, Sharks take in a nearly 360-degree view of their surroundings. Shark Teeth.
• Most sharks have between five and 15 rows of teeth in each jaw, or as many as 3,000 at one time. Some sharks have up to 30,000 teeth in a lifetime!
• Sharks that eat seals and other mammals have sharp, serrated cutting teeth for tearing off chunks of flesh. Most sharks do not chew their food, but rather gulp it down in large pieces.
• When a shark’s front tooth breaks or falls out, it only takes a day or so for a newer tooth to move forward to the front row.
• Sharks can generate more than 40,000 pounds of pressure per square inch, measured at the tip of a tooth—large specimens may be capable of even more crushing power.
• A shark will often shake whatever it bites into from side to side, creating a sawing action with its serrated teeth. Species Great White Shark
• The largest and strongest predatory fish known to roam the sea, the great white shark (also called “White Death”), can grow up to 30 feet long.
• A great white’s powerful jaws generate a bite force of up to two tons, more than three times that of an African lion. Its jaw is six times stronger than a wolf’s and is believed to have about two-thirds the biting strength of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
• The great white is responsible for roughly one third to one half of all deadly attacks on humans.
• Great white sharks have been seen leaving the water completely in spectacular leaps to snatch sea lions in their jaws. Bull Shark
• In part, the bull shark earns its name for persistence in attacks—it hits a target, circles, and repeats.
• Bull sharks are indiscriminate hunters that will sink their teeth into pretty much any animal they can get their massive jaws around.
• Overall, the bull shark may be the most dangerous of its kind because of its aggression and preferred habitat—shallow coastal waters. By regulating salt and other substances in its blood, a bull shark can even hunt in a freshwater environment. They’ve been spotted in bays, lagoons and even rivers, sometimes thousands of miles from the ocean. They have also been found in the Mississippi River. Tiger Shark
• Sometimes called the “garbage can of the sea,” the tiger shark will eat anything, including animal carcasses, tin cans and car tires. One was even found with a chicken coop in its stomach, bones and feathers included.
Arriving by boat at her family’s Louisiana lake island cabin, Sara (Sara Paxton) and her friends quickly strip down to their swimsuits for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when star football player Malik (Sinqua Walls) stumbles from the salt-water lake with his arm torn off, the party mood quickly evaporates. Assuming the injury was caused by a freak wake-boarding accident, the group realizes they have to get Malik to a hospital on the other side of the lake, and fast.
But as they set out in a tiny speedboat, the college friends discover the lake has been stocked with hundreds of massive, flesh-eating sharks! As they face one grisly death after another, Sara and the others struggle desperately to fend off the sharks, get help and stay alive long enough to reach the safety of dry land.
Shark Night 3D
Directed by: David R. Ellis
Starring: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack, Katharine McPhee, Donal Logue, Joshua Leonard, Joel David Moore
Screenplay by: Will Hayes, Jesse Studenberg
Production Design by: Jaymes Hinkle
Cinematography by: Gary Capo
Film Editing by: Dennis Virkler
Art Direction by: Craig Jackson
Set Decoration by: Tricia Schneider
Music by: Graeme Revell
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence and terror, disturbing images, sexual references, partial nudity, language and thematic material.
Studio: Relativity Media
Release Date: September 2, 2011
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