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The sea has no shortage of myths and beliefs, even those which actually have no real grounding in reality. Perhaps these beliefs can be sourced back to popular media rather than scientific truth, or have just been passed along from mouth-to-mouth until the whole world started to believe they were true. All-in-all, many people harbor mistaken beliefs and fabricated myths about the ocean – much more than they probably even realize they do. 

Surprisingly, the sea is where a lot of human activity tends to happen. Things such as marine supply chain solutions in Malaysia happen everyday, such as through the Altus Malaysia supplychain wherein they run their certified BV supply chain service in Malaysia. However, despite all the hustle and bustle that happens on a daily basis above the water, people still find themselves believing blatantly untrue things about the sea that any marine professor worth their salt would facepalm in disappointment at.

So for those of us who want to know the truths about these ocean myths, here they are! 

Today we’re debunking 3 popular myths about the sea! 

1. The Dory Fish Doesn’t Have Bad Memory 

The Dory fish, also known as the royal blue tang, is a fish that was widely popularized by Disney’s Finding Nemo and then the sequel Finding Dory. In said films, the character ‘Dory’ is often plagued by a bad case of short term memory; wherein she constantly forgets things she learned not long prior and has to struggle to actually remember them. This trait gains credence from the fact that actual dory fish have short term memories…right? 

Nope. Truthfully, the dory fish has no more of a bad memory than plenty of other fish in the sea – which, actually, is not a bad memory at all. Fish do not have 6 second memories like many people think, and can actually retain memories from up to months ago. This, no matter how much Dory from Finding Nemo may convince you otherwise, includes the dory fish – meaning that the dory, contrary to it’s media popularity, does not actually have a bad memory. 

2. The Bermuda Triangle Is No More Dangerous Than The Rest Of The Sea 

The Bermuda Triangle is a highly debated region of the sea, wherein horrible occurrences, maritime disasters, and aircraft crashes allegedly happen at a much higher scale than the rest of the sea. This gave the Bermuda Triangle’s alternate name of the ‘Devil’s Triangle’, in which strange happenings occur at higher frequency and danger lurks in every corner – or does it? 

In truth, the Bermuda Triangle, despite all the disasters that seemed to have happened there, is actually no more dangerous than the rest of the sea. All regions of the sea have, at this point, sank a ship at least once or twice, and the Bermuda Triangle is no exception. In fact, thousands of planes and ships have flown and sailed over the Bermuda Triangle for the past few decades, and emerged completely unscathed on the other side. The number of ‘survivors’ of the Bermuda Triangle far, far outweigh the deaths and disappearances – making the Bermuda Triangle debacle not really much of a debacle at all. 

3. Sharks Don’t Like Eating People

Movies like Jaws and Deep Blue Sea are actually very harmful lies. Sharks are not outwardly malevolent or even dangerous creatures towards humans, because humans – contrary to popular belief – don’t actually fall within their diet. Rather than eating humans, sharks much prefer to eat other prey such as seals, squid, and fish. 

In fact, most ‘shark attacks’ on humans are usually because sharks, having poor eyesight, sometimes mistake a human for something else they would much rather prefer eating. All-in-all, sharks usually like to leave humans alone – and all the movies that paint them in a malicious light have given sharks such bad media rep that this actually contributes to the over-fishing and killing of sharks. 

In other words – leave sharks alone, they don’t do you harm!

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Georgia Ortiz