Hi Reader Friends! Today, I have a page from my writing research notebook about the great white shark. Thanks for joining us!
If you’ve read about my Christian adventure novel, The Legend of Okeanos, then you’ve come upon the great white shark in the story named Okeanos. As an author, I sometimes push the envelope and look for the next plausible idea that I can slice away, maybe causing readers to raise their eyebrows. The Legend of Okeanos is not fantasy, just fiction. That means I write things that may be unlikely, but at least slightly possible, even if extreme. The following research explains the idea behind Okeanos.
Docile Great White Sharks?
These adult 5000-pound creatures eat seals whole and gorge themselves on ship garbage. Anything half their size is prey. Great whites fight one another for food, but not in the frenzied way many may describe. Their skeleton is cartilage, and their immune system is unrivaled in the animal kingdom. The great white is nature’s perfect predator. So, could it ever bond with a human?
Consider this in comparison: The killer whale is often shown off as practically domesticated, even friendly, yet this animal is one of the terrifying meat-eaters of the ocean. The killer whale is many times the size of a great white shark, and doesn’t have near the sophistication of a great white.
One third of the great white’s brain is committed to its sense of smell, able to detect a source of blood hundreds of yards away. Its black eyes are able to detect small movements in low-light environments up to 90 feet away. They sense vibrations from sound and movement, and even have an electroreception system that detects weak electrical currents, the kind that can differentiate one human heart beat from another.
With such sophisticated senses, it’s plausible that familiarity with another animal, even a human, could be sensed and tolerated, perhaps as sharks tolerate one another. Humans are not especially in danger around sharks unless the shark’s senses are blurred by feeding and frenzied activity—or unless a human is mistaken for a seal.
Great whites are curious creatures, but once a thing is sensed through its delicate sensory organs, it may grasp a familiarity with the other animal, even an affinity toward it.
So, you tell me: the way Okeanos is portrayed in The Legend of Okeanos—is it plausible? Or too-far fiction? (Remember, this is called a legend. 😉 ) I will continue to explore these boundaries, but I’m interested in your input and remarks when you read the story. [UPDATE: this adventurous eBook is NOW AVAILABLE at most e-tailers! Visit The Legend of Okeanos page here to find where you can pick up this Tale of Restoration, Survival, and a Great White Shark.]
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You can find past D.I. Telbat research posts on this page.
COMING UP: Next time, David has a research post called, “Cannibalism and New Guinea Tribes,” about some of the natives found in New Guinea. This is another subject dealt within The Legend of Okeanos pages.