FC: Matt Seel Current Event 4 Shark's Incredible Sense of Smell? Myth Found Fishy October 14, 2010
1: Summary: | Summary: This article is about how the assumption that sharks have a keen sense of smell is actually a myth. Scientists have always thought that the great amount of tissue in the nasal chamber gave sharks a great sense of smell, but nobody had actually tested it. To test it scientists put equipment on sharks nose and released amino acids and found that they were no better at detecting smells then any other fish. The explanation is that if sharks had an amazing sense of smell then it would be harder for them to distinguish a meal from a random piece of a floating amino acid. So all the fears that if you bleed in the ocean a shark will smell you and eat you is over.
2: How is this Important to Society: This is important to society because now people have no reason to be scared when they are in the ocean. The movies and books about sharks are now more fictional then they already were.
3: Why this is important to me: This is important to me because now I won't be as scared when I get in the ocean. If I cut myself in the water I won't be running for my life.
4: How this relates to Earth Science: This relates to Earth Science because sharks are in the hydrosphere and we studied the hydrosphere