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Lethal Weapons Facts

Over 20 feet long, and 4,000 pounds heavy, the great white shark is the biggest predatory fish in the sea.  It uses size, strength and speed to catch prey.  But it kills with only one primary weapon: its jaws.  Three hundred razor sharp teeth slice off 20 pounds of flesh in one bite.

Over 20 feet long, and 4,000 pounds heavy, the great white shark is the biggest predatory fish in the sea.  It uses size, strength and speed to catch prey.  But it kills with only one primary weapon: its jaws.  Three hundred razor sharp teeth slice off 20 pounds of flesh in one bite. (View larger version)

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  • Great whites are the largest predatory fish on earth, growing to an average of 15 feet. Great whites over 20 feet have been recorded.

  • The triangular, serrated teeth of the great white shark can cut a 44 pound chunk of flesh in a single bite.

  • The great white shark has the largest brain of all predatory sharks.

  • The average great white shark can live one and a half months off 66 pounds of blubber.

  • Blue marlins are among the fastest fish in the ocean.

  • Preferring the temperature of surface waters, blue marlins feast on mackerel and tuna, but will also dive down deep to eat squid.

  • Marlin mainly eat fish and in lesser amounts, squid, shrimp and crabs. Its spear is used as a way to capture food as well as a weapon to defend itself.

  • A chameleon’s lethal tongue moves more than 13 miles an hour in just 20 milliseconds.

  • Over two-thirds of the force generated by the tongue in chameleons is due to suction. That’s how they capture much larger prey.

  • The longest chameleon in the world—up to 23 inches—is the Madagascan chameleon. The shortest chameleon in the world—clocking in at just under an inch—is the pygmy leaf chameleon.

  • Adult archerfish almost always hit their target on the first shot.

  • The aye-aye, uniquely among primates, has continually growing incisor teeth. It uses its teeth to gnaw wood, nuts and fruits with hard shells.

  • A tarantula can grow up to 11 inches, and can weigh 3 ounces.

  • Cone snails are indigenous to the reefs of the Indo-Pacific. Their 6 inch shells are prized by collectors.

  • Army ants act in numbers to kill prey much larger than themselves. While other ants search for food individually or send out scouts, army ants set out in large groups. Their sheer numbers overwhelm their prey.

  • Lions are social cats and raise their cubs in nursery groups. They also hunt together and defend joint territories.

  • Humpback whales feed using a method called bubblenetting. Bubbles are exhaled as the whale swims in a spiral below a patch of water full of food. It’s the curtain of bubbles which confines the prey to a small area.

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