Scientists have known for years that sharks sometimes don disguises so that they may infiltrate human society. Contrary to popular belief, sharks operating incognito are usually harmless to humans. In most cases, such sharks are acting out of simple curiosity. Shark disguises were initially believed to be fairly basic:
But in recent years, scientists have discovered that some shark disguises are in fact quite advanced. Below are depictions of 3 common shark disguises...
Hammerhead sharks will sometime mimic chefs. Some have even been known to work at seafood restaurants for some time before being discovered and promptly shooed back to the ocean. A camouflaged hammerhead can be told apart from human chefs by telltale eye-holes on either side of the toque, the ill-fitting apron, and various taped on articles of clothing. Hammerhead chefs often use ketchup, barbecue sauce, or other kitchen items to draw crude faces on their torsos.
Many sharks have been known to mimic mimes. Note that these sharks often find "Mickey Mouse" type gloves (from stores or amusement parks) to conceal their pectoral fins. If unable to acquire white gloves, the sharks sometimes have to settle...
Pet lovers may want to do a quick once-over before bringing home a stray from the street or local animal shelter. Are fins present? If so, are whiskers, fur, or paws absent? Does the animal have the ability to bark or meow properly?
Should you encounter a disguised shark, you need not panic. Simply call your local fish & game department and report the animal's location.
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