Top Ten Facts About Sharks

The Top Ten

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

Humans are way more dangerous then. - MarioMaster101

Wow I did not know that. Humans are the bigger threat. -Floopy2000

Ban sharkfin soup, Asia is eating all of the sharks.

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!

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 will sink if they stop swimming

The Contenders

11 A One Eyed Cyclops Shark was found in Mexico
12 Sharks have appeared before the earth's first dinosaurs and even the earth's first trees
13 A Great White Shark can weigh as much As 15 Gorillas.
14 Sharks have zero bones

There skeletons are instead made of cartilage.

15 A shark can detect a fish's heartbeat up to 3 feet (0.9) away.
16 A shark can live up to 6 weeks without eating
17 A shark can grow and lose up to 30,000 teeth in a lifetime

They never run out of teeth.

18 Certain sharks walk on their fins underwater
19 Sharks have eight senses
20 Sharks can't blink
21 Some Blacktip Reef Sharks near Australia eat sea snakes
22 The shark that played the Great White Shark in Jaws was named "Bruce" in real life
23 Native Americans used to believe that they were watched over by protective animal spirits known as aumakua. Aumakua take many forms, including hammerhead sharks
24 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
25 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
26 Gray reef sharks sense of smell is so good they can detect one drop of tuna extract in every 10 billion drops of sea water
27 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."
28 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
29 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)
30 The spotted wobbegong may have as many as 37 pups in one litter
31 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
32 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
33 The megamouth shark belongs to the genus Megachasma. This name is from the Greek megas, meaning "great," and chasma, meaning "cave"
34 It is estimated that the megamouth only swims at about 0.9-1.3 mph (1.4-2.1 km/h)
35 Sharks keep ecosystems in balance
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