Nature’s Shark Repellant (Part 1 of 2)

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Nature’s Shark Repellant (Part 1 of 2)

On today’s Creation Moments Minute, see why sharks wouldn’t dream of having the little Moses sole fish for lunch.

Over the centuries humans have tried different strategies to protect themselves from sharks. But it’s no secret that most shark repellents simply don’t work. But scientists have learned, from a lowly fish no less, that repelling a shark is as simple as washing its mouth out with soap – released from a squirt gun, of course.

The Moses sole, a slow‑swimming, apparently defenseless little fish, lives in the Red Sea. What puzzled scientists was that such seemingly easy prey never seemed to be bothered by predators. Researchers wanted to know what the Moses sole’s secret was, so they offered one to sharks in a laboratory tank, knowing that sharks will eat anything.

Find out what happened to that seemingly defenseless little Moses sole on our next program.

For the Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.

 

Ref: Discover, July 1985, p. 38.

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