Shark Facts

Our shark facts are a great way to learn all about the great animal that is the Shark. There are many myths surrounding the shark that often contribute to the idea that Sharks are extremely dangerous eating machines. While certain shark species can be described as dangerous to man, the actual statistics of attacks, injury and deaths may suprise you!

Read on through our fascinating facts and see what you really know about the Shark.

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"Sharks have been around for about 400 million years - long before dinosaurs even existed."
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"Sharks have the most powerful jaws on the planet."
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"Sharks never run out of teeth - when one is lost another spins forward from the rows of backup teeth."
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"A shark may use over 20,000 teeth during its life."
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"The Great White Shark rarely partakes in feeding frenzies."
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Some Shark Facts You Might Not Know

There are lots of things about sharks that many people don't know, and there are a lot of assumptions that people make about sharks that simply aren't true. If you have an interest in sharks or find that they are keeping you from enjoying the ocean as much as you might, then you'll likely be interested to learn a few facts about them. In this article, we'll take a quick look at a variety of shark facts that are sure to pique your interest.

Many shark facts have to do with common conceptions about sharks that are actually untrue. For example, less people are killed by sharks every year than are struck by lightning and most types of sharks will not attack unless they are literally starving or mistake a person for a type of prey they normally eat. Sharks will generally only eat fish they can fit into their mouth in a single bite, although this is not to say that some types of shark aren't dangerous. The quintessential "killer shark" is the great white shark, although great white sharks kill and injure fewer people each year than other types of shark. The tiger shark, for example, has been known to eat almost anything it comes into contact with, including garbage. If you see shark warning signs on a particular beach, specifically in the Pacific, then the signs are mostly likely to warn about tiger sharks, although generally they are passive and not aggressive to humans by nature.

Other shark facts are those regarding their incredible senses. Sharks have very a powerful sense of smell, and are very good at picking out the exact location of prey using only their nose. Sharks also have excellent eyesight, and impeccable hearing. Sharks' hearing is based on picking up vibrations that they sense in the water, and they can supposedly pinpoint prey over several miles away. Sharks even have a gland that allows them to sense electromagnetic signals from living creatures around them.

There are many shark facts regarding the long existence of sharks, which is surprisingly long. They have not changed much since their original forms, and sharks have existed for millions of years. In fact, many sharks have existed longer than dinosaurs. They are an example of a species that is simply so well designed for doing its job, and their environment has not required them to change the way that they naturally function for literally millions of years.

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