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Distractions: Sharks! Hurricanes! Tornadoes!

Great white shark © Terry Goss 

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Sharks' star power tapped in two new clips

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 August, 2013 : - - With Shark Week entrenched deeply in America's TV-watching psych, a certain ennui has settled in among aquatic gorehounds. A predictable scene: Shark attacks person, person bleeds, person is either saved or dies. Amazingly the public can watch this over and over.

A few media entities out there are extrapolating on the shark-terror thing and branching into those other fears in our collective psych - mainly tornadoes and hurricanes.

Two recent clips have emerged which combine the horrors of toothy apex predator fish with destructive winds. To promote Hurricane Week, the Weather Channel has launched this clip of a great white versus a Hurricane. Topping the list of reasons why drinking cases of Nyquil and putting your friends in front of a green screen to make a movie is a bad idea: Sharknado.

Which is more frightening and dangerous? Let’s take a look

Hurricanes can cause billions of dollars worth of property damage ever year to man-made fixtures as well as to natural surroundings such as trees and shrubbery. These storms can also change an area's landscape; resulting in hills, roads and trails to wash away.

Each year, about a thousand tornadoes touch down in the United States, far more than any other country. Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over a body of water. A strong tornado can pick up a house and move it down the block. Nebraska, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas make up Tornado alley, where tornadoes strike regularly in the spring and early summer Many houses in tornado alley have strong basement shelters.

There are more than 350 different kinds of sharks. You are 1,000 times more likely to drown in the sea than you are to be bitten by a shark.Sharks are more related to fishes like the stingray than they do with the barracuda. Most sharks as we know them today developed about 64 million years ago during the age of the dinosaurs. A shark can hear a fish in the water from more than a mile away. Sharks can smell one drop of blood in a million drops of water. Scientists can determine the age of a shark by counting the rings that form on its vertebra, much as you can count the rings on a tree to tell its age.

Source: Various

Author: The Editors

Tags: Sharks, Hurricanes, Tornados

Television: Surfersvillage


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