Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lesson Ten: the Ampullae of Lorenzini

Marine biologists often describe a shark attack as "a case of misidentification."  Their reasoning is that sharks confuse humans with seals or sea lions and that the attacks are accidental.

This is a preposterous notion.  Are marine biologists meaning to say that an animal bestowed with the Ampullae of Lorenzini, which enables sharks to sense electromagnetic fields so keenly that they can detect half a billionth of a volt, can't tell the difference between Jeff Spicoli and a lardaceous pinniped?  

It's time for humans to accept that when venturing into the wild they are on the menu and the dinner bell is a-ringin'.


AKA "The Naturalist"


  1. Quint from "Jaws" would wholeheartedly agree!

  2. I thought cats have the lorenzi thing in their whisker patch. there like jelly-filled or something.