Line Symmetry in Sea Life

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A Shark’s Axis of Symmetry
Everywhere you look under the ocean you will find examples of reflectional symmetry. Fish, stingray, shellfish, whales and sharks all have this type of symmetry.

Question – Why might symmetry be so important to underwater animals?

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Symmetry and Sea Life

Think of it this way… What would happen to the animal’s ability to swim efficiently (well) if one side of its body was a very different shape to the other?
Imagine what would happen if water flowed unevenly around the body? This will give you a clue as to why so many underwater animals have bilateral symmetry.
What the Ninjas Say:
Ninja One – If a shark had one fin shorter than the other it would not swim very well.
Ninja Two – If one side of the tail was bigger than the other the shark would be lopsided and not swim well.
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