Category: Sharks and Rays

Blue Shark (Rhode Island Novelty)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 There are more than 350 known species of shark, and while many of them are quite distinctive, others are difficult to tell apart unless you are an expert or an enthusiast. Perhaps that helps explain why there are so many generic shark toys out there. Unlike the …

Zebra Shark (Wild Safari Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

When we think of sharks it is usually species like the great white, tiger, or bull sharks that immediately come to mind. If not those particular species there is at least the generic idea of what a shark looks like and indeed, many species fit that mold. But sharks are an incredibly diverse group of …

Whale Shark (Wild Safari Sea Life by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The appropriately named whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is the biggest shark and the biggest fish alive today. The largest recorded specimen was a female with a length of 18.8 metres (62 feet), which is greater than that of many actual whales. Most individuals, however, average around 9.8 …

Basking Shark (Wild Safari Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 In 1977, the Japanese fishing trawler Zuiyō Maru hauled in a large, reeking, and badly decomposed carcass of what appeared to a plesiosaur, complete with flippers and a long neck. Concerned about spoiling their stock of fish, the crew dumped the remains back into the water after …

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 …