Animal Symbols

Bat Symbol

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Bird Symbol

Bull Symbol

Butterfly Symbol

Cat Symbol

Dog Symbol

Dolphin Symbol

Elephant Symbol

Fox Symbol

Horse Symbol

Lion Symbol

Monkey Symbol

Owl Symbol

Shark Symbol

Snake Symbol

Spider Symbol

Tiger Symbol




Shark Symbol

Shark Symbol
The shark is symbol meaning terror and violence, in the West, it is the world's greatest predator, and therefore symbolizes power and fearlessness.

Sailors have had a long tradition of putting shark tattoo symbol to prove that they are not afraid of death at sea and also for protection by the shark. But they believed if a shark followed ones ship, then one of them was about to die. As a sacred animal, its power and strength were respected but not feared. It was a totem in first Nations in North America and it represented a hunter because it had the ability to adapt and survive various environments.

In Australia, the shark is respected and is considered a sacred symbol of the connection between the sea and land. The shark hunters recognize when a shark was ready for catching and believed there were variety of sharks for the nourishment of man. As a sacred animal in Polynesian, the shark tattoo symbol protected them from the enemies. In Hawaii, there is a protective power of the aumakua, which is a row of tattooed dots found on the ankle. The dots were supposed to keep sharks at bay during the time of fishing and that is why they developed a myth about a woman swimming in the ocean and when attacked by a shark, the shark saw the tattoo symbol it let go the woman.  However, when humans look at shark even in drawings, it tends to be a sleek beautiful creature but we cannot deny the fact that its one of the most feared and respected creatures on earth.


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