Top Ten Facts About Sharks

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The Top Ten

1 Sharks kill 12 people per year while people kill 11,417 sharks per hour

This is why we should save the sharks. Who cares if they're scary. I mean yeah they're dangerous but we shouldn't kill all of them just because they're scary. Sharks are a part of this world to humans!

Yeah. Sharks aren't a threat to us, WE are a threat to them - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

Most of these facts just blew my mind! - Adamshane1999

2 The shortfin mako shark can accelerate faster than a Porsche
3 Sharks have an astounding sense of smell, so powerful that they can detect a single drop of blood in an Olympic-sized pool
4 As soon as tiger shark embryos develop teeth, they attack and eat each other in the womb
5 There's a shark in Greenland that eats polar bears and can live up to 200 years

They've also discovered a one eyed cyclops shark in Mexico.

6 Whale sharks can live up to 100 years
7 New Yorkers bite 10 times more people than sharks do worldwide

What the heck New York?

Wow New Yorkers are jerks. Remind me never to go to New York.

What...? - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

8 It is believed that sharks first appeared 420 million years ago

They appeared before the dinosaurs. They even appeared before the earth's first trees!

9 You are more likely to die from a falling coconut than from a shark attack
10 Sharks live in the ocean

WHOA, I never knew about that! All these times, I thought they live in a rainforest or outer space! MIND-BLOWN! 1! 1! - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

Sharks live in the ocean. I never knew. - Auf29482

What a useless fact.

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11 Sharks will sink if they stop swimming
12 A One Eyed Cyclops Shark was found in Mexico
13 Sharks have appeared before the earth's first dinosaurs and even the earth's first trees
14 A Great White Shark can weigh as much As 15 Gorillas.
15 Sharks have Zero Bones

There skeletons are instead made of cartilage.

16 A Shark can detect A Fish's Heartbeat up to 3 feet (0.9) away.
17 A Shark can live up to 6 Weeks without eating
18 A shark can grow and lose up to 30,000 teeth in a lifetime

They never run out of teeth.

19 Certain sharks walk on their fins underwater
20 Sharks have eight senses. Humans only have five
21 Sharks can't blink
22 It's possible for a crocodile to eat a shark
23 Some Blacktip Reef Sharks near Australia eat sea snakes
24 The Shark that played The Great White Shark in Jaws was named "Bruce" in real life
25 Native Americans used to believe that they were watched over by protective animal spirits known as aumakua. aumakua take many forms, including hammerhead sharks
26 The oldest known great white fossils are about 16 million years old. the oldest human remains that have so far been discovered are just 1.3 million years old
27 They may be slow swimmers, but sand tiger sharks have a clever technique for catching prey. they sometimes use their tails like whips, to herd fish into smaller areas
28 Gray reef sharks have incredible noses! their sense of smell is so good that they can detect one drop of tuna extract in every 10 billion drops of sea water
29 The Latin name for the angel shark group is Squatina. this might sound like a reference to it's "squat," flattened shape, but it means "a kind of shark."
30 Gray reef sharks can go into feeding frenzies; when this happens, no one is safe! other grays may even get eaten in the frantic rush to feed
31 Sand tiger sharks are known by a wide range of popular names, including the gray nurse shark (in Australia) and the spotted ragged tooth shark (in South Africa)
32 Wobbegongs have big families. the spotted wobbegong may have as many as 37 pups in one litter
33 The two spines horn sharks have make great defensive weapons. predators who manage to get a horn shark in their mouth often quickly spit them out again
34 Captured Mako sharks often bear scars from too-close encounters with swordfish. one mako found by fishermen had been stabbed through the eye by the bill of a swordfish
35 The megamouth shark belongs to the genus Megachasma. this name is from the Greek megas, meaning "great," and chasma, meaning "cave"
36 Megamouth sharks are surprisingly slow and sluggish. it is estimated that the megamouth swims at about 0.9-1.3 mph (1.4-2.1 km/h)
37 Humans Kill More Sharks than Shark Kill Humans

Only 1% of Humans die from Shark attacks. 861% of Sharks Die from Humans. Each year, Humans kill over 100 Million Sharks. 70% for Shark Fin Soup, and 30% by Habitat Destruction and Fishing ByCatch.

38 They're Part of This World
39 Most People believe Sharks have to be Hunted and Killed Without Mercy

Seriously? - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

40 They Help Eat the Fish

Sharks help eat the Fish who eat the Little Fish who eat the Algae. But if we Humans wipe out all of the Sharks, the other Fish would eventually wipe out the Smaller Fish that eat the Algae and more and more Algae will eventually spread across the ocean.

41 They Help Eat the Rays

Rays love to eat Scallops and Sharks love to eat Rays. But if we killed all the Sharks, all the Rays will eventually wipe out all the Scallops. That's exactly what happened off the coast of North Carolina when Sharks were overfished. Now there's no more Scallops there. No more Scallops for the Rays to eat, and no more Scallops for us to eat.

42 They Help Eat the Sick, Injured Fish

If there were no Sharks around to eat the sick, and injured Fish, then schools of fish will eventually be thrown into chaos.

43 They're Older than Us

It's true. Sharks have been around before the Earth's first Dinosaurs. They've even been around before the Earth's first Trees!

44 They help Other Marine Animals eat Small Sea Creatures

If no Sharks were around, other Marine Animals would eventually get full and sick. They could die from overeating of Fish.

45 They keep ecosystems in balance
46 We shouldn't kill more sharks because the media depicts them as scary

A lot of people are scarred of Great White Sharks because they think they're merciless, killing machines just like the one depicted in Jaws. But in reality, Humans are not the preferred prey of the Great White Shark.

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