Category: Sharks and Rays

Leopard Shark (Wildlife Artists, Inc.)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 Thanks to its elaborately patterned hide and ability to adapt well to captivity, the leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) is among the most familiar of sharks. Over the years, I’ve been to saltwater aquariums throughout the continent of North America, and I cannot think of a single one …

Blacktip Shark (Wild Republic by K&M International)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus), not to be confused with the blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus), is a requiem shark found in coastal tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. Like the overwhelming majority of sharks, it has never been rendered as a plastic toy (at least as far …

Spotted Eagle Ray (Wild Republic by K&M International)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari) is one of the most distinctive and beautiful rays. It also adapts well to captivity, making it a frequent resident of public aquariums and zoos. I acquired this plush version at the Toronto Zoo back when they had a temporary exhibit …

Great White Shark, 2012 (Sealife by Schleich)

Although there are roughly 440 species of shark it’s the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) that has most captured the human imagination and it makes sense, it’s one of a very small handful of sharks that preys upon large mammalian prey, our own species included, albeit rarely. The white shark brings to mind the famous …

Australia’s Deadliest Nature Tube (Wild Republic by K&M International)

Review of the Australia’s Deadliest Nature Tube, by K&M International for the Wild Republic line. The set was released in 2018. To be honest, I bought this set specifically for the three arthropods, since I am a completist when it comes to arthropods identifiable to the species level. However, now that I am building a …

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and photos by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 Of the 350 or so extant species of shark, none are more distinctive and immediately recognizable than a hammerhead. But there are in fact nine recognized species of hammerhead, ranging from the adorable little bonnethead (Sphyrna tiburo) to the massive great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran). This review will …

Great White Shark, 2015 (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The most famous, most popular, and most feared shark of them all is unquestionably the great white (Carcharodon carcharias). It has appeared in more films, documentaries, books, comics, cartoons, games, and toy lines than any other shark, and probably any other sea creature for that matter. Today …