Extract from “Sharks have their own Personalities”

According to a paper published in the Journal of Fish Biology, Port Jackson sharks (Heterodontus portusjacksoni), a nocturnal species found in the waters of Australia, react differently to stressful situations and also score on a fairly wide scale when it comes to boldness. Some sharks, in other words, are consistently bolder and less averse to stress than other sharks.

These results and other lines of similar research might also help us see sharks in a different light. They aren’t just mindless brutes as many people believe but rather unique individuals with their own personalities. That insight should give us even more impetus for saving them from being driven to extinction for their fins.

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