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Unformatted text preview: The Effect of Human
Contact on Shark Behavior
By: Valerie Henderson
November 21, 2007 Why is this so cool?
• I want to have 2 bamboo sharks, each in separate tanks.
• One shark will have a dark sheet
around his tank and will not see
humans at all.
• The other shark will see humans
daily and see humans feeding him.
• My goal is to determine which shark
is more friendly towards humans. My Test
• To determine which shark is more friendly towards humans, after 3
months of my experimental
conditions, I will enter the shark tank
which has had no contact with
humans and see how he reacts.
• I will do the same thing with the
other shark. My Expectations
• I predict that the shark with no human contact will either be scared
of me or try to harm me.
• The other shark will hopefully know
who I am because I have been
feeding him for the last 3 months
and he will have seen me every day.
He might even swim with me if he is
feeling extra friendly. A White Spotted Bamboo Shark
Picture from dkimages.com A girl holding a
bamboo shark pup.
Bamboo sharks are
quite small and not
harmful to humans,
as long as you don’t
but even if you do,
they won’t hurt you
like other bigger
sharks. That’s why I
sharks for my
research. Picture from the University of Queensland News Website. ...
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- Fall '07