The Evolution and Predatory Behavior of Caribbean Sharks (Draft #1)

This discussion topic submitted by Jennifer Zewatsky ( at 17:02 on 2/18/99. Additions were last made on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

Many scuba divers travel to the Bahamas in order to dive with the sharks and witness the behavior of these fascinating creatures firsthand. Sharks have inhabited the earth for millions of years, and my discussion will include information about the evolution of these fish from prehistoric times to the present day. I will also identify and discuss the basic biological characteristics the shark species found in Caribbean waters. I will pay particular attention to the predatory behavior of tropical sharks.


I. Introduction to sharks
A. Importance to marine ecosystems
B. Trends in shark populations worldwide

II. Evolution of sharks
A. Description of early shark species
B. Characteristics which have evolved over time

III. Sharks of the Caribbean
A. Species identification
B. Habitat
C. Biological characteristics
D. Prey
E. Predatory behavior


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Cardone, B.J. 1994. "Sharks you should know: the Tiger Shark." Skin Diver v. 43 (12): 28+.

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