By Josie  December 10th, 2023

Ninja Turtle Fights off Shark by Using Shell as Shield

This turtle’s swift moves and maneuvers are almost ninja-like; perhaps it’s the long-lost fifth member of the Ninja Turtles crew?

It uses its shell as a shield and cleverly calculated timing to skillfully avoid being crushed between the powerful jaws of one of the ocean’s most feared hunters – the shark

A turtle’s shell is a marvel of nature, comprised of over 50 bones including the spine and the rib cage, which are integrated into the shell itself.

A Shell's Composition

This bony structure is covered by scutes, which are plates made of keratin – the same material found in human nails and hair.

This unique composition provides not just rigidity but also flexibility, allowing the turtle to maneuver while maintaining protection.

While the exact amount of force varies among different species, some larger turtles can withstand over 200 pounds of pressure!

How Much Force Can a Shell Take?

Sharks, with their powerful jaws and sharp teeth, are formidable predators. However, crushing a turtle’s shell is no easy feat.

Can a Shark Crush a Turtle?

While some larger shark species can exert enough force to break a turtle’s shell, it’s not a common occurrence.

The shark makes several attempts to bite, but by using its shell as a shield and its calculated swift moves to outsmart one of the ocean’s most lethal predators.

Turtle Uses Shell as Shield

What Sharks Eat Turtles?

Certain shark species, like tiger sharks and great whites, are known to prey on turtles.

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