#heterometrus#longimanus doing what I assume is planning her escape, I went to go mist her enclosure and found her there. I have two of this species actually and they're commonly mistaken for pandinus imperator (emperor scorpion) but their distinct differentiating feature is their smooth claws where the emperor scorpion will have bumpy and wider claws. #scorpions#asianforestscorpion
Oceanic Whitetip – VULNERABLE TO EXTINCTION
Distinguishable by its rounded, long, wing-like pectoral and dorsal fins, the oceanic whitetip is a medium sized shark, averaging around 3 m in length and weighing up to 170 kg. It is found globally between 45°N and 43°S latitude in deep, open waters, with a temperature preference between 20 and 28 °C. The shark spends most of its time cruising slowly near the surface, searching the open waters for potential food.
Interestingly, oceanic whitetips were referred to as sea dogs by fishermen due to their dog-like behaviour. This shark, the most common ship-following shark, exhibits dog-like behaviour when its interest is piqued: when attracted to something that appears to be food, its movements become more avid and it approaches cautiously but stubbornly, retreating and maintaining a safe distance if driven off, but ready to rush in if the opportunity presents itself.
Although mostly hunting by itself, groups often form when individuals converge on a food source, whereupon a feeding frenzy may occur. This seems to be triggered not by blood in the water or by bloodlust, but by the species' highly strung and goal-directed nature (conserving energy between infrequent feeding opportunities when it is not slowly plying the open ocean). The oceanic whitetip is a competitive, opportunistic predator that exploits the resource at hand, rather than avoiding trouble in favour of a possibly easier future meal.
Sadly, the oceanic whitetip is highly endangered. Between 1969 and 2003, there has been a 70% decline in their populations numbers, with a rate that is increasing every year. Due to their slow reproductive rate and the brutal practice of shark finning, this shark is in serious threat of becoming extinct.
What’s your favourite shark species?
That beauty stopped by at the end of a long day of diving at deadalus reef in egypt. It was almost dark and we did our safety stop under the boat. One time we've been surrounded by 4-5 longimanus. What a great fish! What a absolut astonishing experience. ❤️ #longimanus#redsea#safariboat#seaimages#svenpeksphotography