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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Tierney Thys
  • Director Franz Palomares
  • Script Editor Emma Bryce
  • Animation Artist Josephine Mark
  • Composer David Obuchowski, Brett Bamberger
  • Narrator Pen-Pen Chen


Additional Resources for you to Explore
This short TED-Ed lesson barely scratches the surface of how phenomenal sharks are. For additional shark wow facts, check out Ed Yong’s post: Like Shark Week, But With Actual Facts.

Here’s another interesting fact about sharks: Sharks have recently been discovered to be one of the longest, if not THE longest living vertebrate. Take a look at this article: Greenland shark may live 400 years, smashing longevity record to learn more. Amazing, isn’t it?

Interested in how sharks use their skin like an external tendon? Read this paper: Shark skin: function in locomotion by Wainwright SA, Vosburgh F, Hebrank JH. C. Click here for a look at the article’s abstract.

Finally, take a deep dive into all things shark, check out this textbook: The Biology of Sharks and Rays.