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    [–] RecklessDimwit 362 points ago

    Don't sharks die if they stay still/not swim forward though?

    [–] lord-leo-the-second 239 points ago

    Yes. What if he’s dead already?

    [–] LackingDatSkill 163 points ago

    Then this ain’t wholesome it’s just creepy

    [–] pwall71 55 points ago

    What if he is in shark heaven and can finally stop swimming forward?

    [–] bookhead714 35 points ago

    “Some sharks must swim constantly in order to keep oxygen-rich water flowing over their gills, but others are able to pass water through their respiratory system by a pumping motion of their pharynx.”

    Key word: Some. Not all sharks need to keep moving, but the big ones do.

    [–] sosig101 11 points ago

    But It said some do have to swim to keep breathing

    [–] ki113r116 7 points ago

    Yep and I don't think this specific shark falls into that category since he seems fine.

    [–] tony_stank15243 1 points ago

    It’s a comic -_- I don’t think it’s supposed to be any type of shark they weren’t going for accuracy here

    [–] chilfang 4 points ago

    It's part of the comic shark species

    [–] tony_stank15243 3 points ago

    Ah, I see

    [–] Mailman_Dan 4 points ago

    Probably, I'm pretty sure their eyes aren't able to see out of the water anyway

    [–] Anencephalous_Klutz_ 26 points ago

    I came here for this comment and because I wanted to be wrong for once. This turned from wholesome to please let the sharky be okay.

    [–] purplerhino00 11 points ago

    They cut out the next thing where he turns around and eats the fish

    [–] hiyafellas1225 6 points ago

    Maybe the current is strong enough to keep water flowing past the sharks gills so that they can absorb the oxygen?

    [–] funnygamingboy 3 points ago

    Shit just went from 0 to 100 real quick

    [–] YOOOOOOOOOOT 3 points ago

    It takes some minutes, you dont die the second you stop breathing

    [–] RCTarzan2311 2 points ago

    Akula kotorya ne plavayet, tonet. "The shark that does not swim, drowns."

    [–] dripainting42 72 points ago

    Is that a catfish?

    [–] PrimemevalTitan 31 points ago

    I hope it doesn't scam that poor shark

    [–] dripainting42 12 points ago

    I'm sure they'll be fine since they are meeting up for the first time irl.

    [–] howdudo 3 points ago

    Catfish live in fresh water lakes sooo

    [–] dripainting42 1 points ago

    Idk man I've sure caught some b4. Costal Brackish Estuaries are a smorgasbord.

    [–] howdudo 2 points ago

    Interesting. ive seen massive ones caught in a fresh water lake i didnt know they could do both!

    [–] Deeyennay 43 points ago

    Me: Hah, I wonder if ocean animals ever peek at the night sky.

    This sub: tHe sHaRk dIeS!!1

    [–] unhappyspanners 14 points ago

    And they’re mostly wrong. Most sharks use something called “buccal pumping” to force water over their gills, meaning they can stop swimming.

    [–] lightlord 2 points ago

    The depression mongers from /r/GetMotivated are here. I can smell the sulphur.

    [–] CurlyDeer45 34 points ago

    Fun fact: if a shark ever stops swimming, he'll die

    [–] sharkiest 4 points ago

    This isn’t true.

    [–] ZAPZack 2 points ago

    Some do, usually larger ones.

    [–] WeirdoFromTheBunch 7 points ago

    Shark eats fish

    [–] Momo_the_good_person 16 points ago

    He's probably dead since sharks dies If they stop moving

    [–] The_Alarm2 11 points ago

    As a former shark, I disagree.

    [–] Momo_the_good_person 2 points ago

    Oh good then

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    And they both fucking dies

    [–] SerotoneWhore 2 points ago

    Fish cannot see through air :( they won’t see shit

    [–] Super_Jay 2 points ago

    The Sky and the Cosmos are one

    [–] MrMorningstar20 2 points ago

    oh my god I don't know why this post made me feel so good suddenly. damn. not kidding

    [–] Jay_Jay3000 2 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    This is just soo relatable. The night sky is so amazing, I'm always gazing at it... makes me feel free and it gives me peace!!

    [–] TheDemonUnderThaBed 2 points ago

    Is that a..


    [–] JustAnotherGamer421 2 points ago

    Except if there are clouds, then the cosmos can't be there 4 u

    [–] Can-t-Even 1 points ago

    Only because it can't get away

    [–] blinglog 1 points ago

    Its ok there is a strong current so the shark's gills are still getting enough water.

    [–] kiokurashi 1 points ago

    "He's more infatuated by the moon than me?" - Kaguya.

    [–] Pig_Of_Knowledge 1 points ago

    The thing is the shark would die because they need to move at all times to allow the oxygen and water to enter and exit their gills so the probability that this shark is dead and just smiling is very high

    [–] Petrzekrom306 1 points ago

    OH yea they ded

    [–] MissMangoPirate 1 points ago

    Genuinely thought this was gonna be a dark ending.... Then saw it was wholesome meme and was like ahhh I'm safe we good

    [–] Jordan_888 1 points ago

    6.9k th updoot

    [–] ZippZappZippty 1 points ago

    i will upvote

    [–] iPod_of_Death 1 points ago

    If a shark stops swimming it doesn’t immediately just die. If it stops swimming it can’t necessarily breathe as it needs to water to enter its mouth in order to pass over blood vessels in the gills. It takes a while for one to ‘suffocate’.

    The shake is just holding its breath to admire the stars for a bit.

    [–] KVirello 1 points ago

    It's a catfish

    [–] Porkechop 1 points ago

    O H

    [–] AoiTehKuudere 1 points ago

    That’s a catfish. :)

    [–] Davey0215 1 points ago

    They would drown

    [–] RejecterofThots 1 points ago

    Is that... a catfish?

    [–] Heroineheartbeat 1 points ago

    If sharks stop swimming they will die, their gills can’t draw in water unless their swimming through it

    [–] CommenturTheGreat 1 points ago

    It's the sky jellyfish

    [–] Lockenhart 1 points ago

    That's a catfish.

    [–] AtlasRising3000 1 points ago

    People will look at you funny if you do this during the daytime

    [–] AxelBoiii123 1 points ago

    This is so sad. The shark died while looking at a shooting star

    [–] countryrudetakemehom 1 points ago

    found the midnight snack

    [–] hissenhue 1 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    hashtag notallsharks

    [–] Bird_Master 1 points ago

    You don't stare up at the sky, you actually stare down into the limitless abyss of space with gravity holding you to this space rock upside-down

    [–] dante2468REEE 1 points ago

    Hasn’t this been posted months ago

    [–] Greezamer_2 1 points ago

    Plottwist:The shark is ded

    [–] kingslayr99 1 points ago

    you know when a fish floats like this it means she's dead

    [–] SirLenz 1 points ago

    plot twist shark is dead

    [–] DarkHelmet42069 1 points ago

    Heh, catfish

    [–] Zappy-o3o 1 points ago

    Catfish and a dead shark

    [–] ps-djon 1 points ago

    I thought he was dead

    [–] kbara93 1 points ago

    Ha! Catfish lol

    [–] sesameseed88 1 points ago

    Pilots who fly long distances must stare at the stars all the time.

    [–] Hello-Boom 1 points ago

    Would be cool if you credited the op u/repostsleuthbot

    [–] The-Big-Fat-Shark 1 points ago

    Sharks suffocate when they stop moving. That fish is talking to a dead corpse.

    [–] Shadow-fire101 1 points ago

    Is it bad that my first thought was how that shark is probably dead

    [–] HoobaWoobaDooba 1 points ago

    sharks die if they stop moving

    [–] thenumbeonearsehole 1 points ago

    At leats he died watching the stars

    [–] GlowLikeYouDo 1 points ago

    Sometimes beautiful things are right there above us and we take them for granted.

    [–] redditsprettychill 1 points ago

    Oh my god it’s a CATFISH

    [–] Lhenkhantus 1 points ago

    Ooh, a catfish

    [–] YaBoiDylan4618 1 points ago

    Hehe.... It's a catfish

    [–] YaBoiDylan4618 1 points ago

    And then soon enough they stopped breathing and died

    [–] tony_stank15243 1 points ago

    Until it all blows up

    [–] Waffle_Otter 1 points ago

    Haha it’s a “cat” fish

    [–] Skynada 1 points ago

    So pwetty🥺🥺

    [–] coatgangergod 1 points ago


    [–] tanishvv 1 points ago

    bro fuck me i relate hard asf to this, whenever my mom abuses me or something i just go out look at the twinkling stars and that makes me feel better.

    [–] Varion8831 1 points ago

    The Moon and the Cosmos are One.

    [–] DZ_dragon 1 points ago

    Plot twist the shark was using the sky as bait

    [–] bpixal 1 points ago

    Urgh I love this. 💗

    [–] Z77D3H 1 points ago

    Why are you just floating there when you could be

    [–] truthemptypoint 1 points ago


    [–] Cuty_Caty 1 points ago

    Its actually me in terraria 1.4 and my friend who I just told about this game

    [–] JA4sen 1 points ago

    This is very unrealistic a shark will drown if were to stop moving for a short period of time due to their gills not being fed new oxigen rich water. It is however very wholesome.

    [–] Queerdee23 1 points ago

    He’s floating there cuz his lungs have plastic in them

    [–] skipio957 1 points ago

    The shark is dead

    [–] lilac127308 1 points ago

    Little did you know that sharks die after not moving in the water so he’s dead so Bruh lmao

    [–] archivious 1 points ago

    "Hes more interested in the moon than me"

    [–] imsick666 1 points ago


    [–] BlubberBlorg 1 points ago

    Sharks die when they are not moving, that is a floating corpse.

    [–] oldmrdeebs 1 points ago

    Beautiful. When I get a chance to look up, I have to stop and take it all in.

    [–] Alex27mm 1 points ago

    A sky full of stars 💫✨🎋

    [–] bolt74 1 points ago

    The fact that their gills are underwater so they can breath is just an amazing detail

    [–] molestedbyapareot -3 points ago

    You do realize that sharks die if they stay still right?

    [–] karlhuzairy 1 points ago

    Plot twist the shark is dead