24 Interesting & Fun Facts About Sharks

In recent decades, researchers have committed to learning about and studying about sharks in more depth, which has yielded some fascinating and fun facts and has cleared up many myths. Sharks have long been feared and even worshipped by mankind. However, for centuries, little was known about these fascinating creatures. We present you the most interesting and fun facts about sharks.

Fact 1

The smallest shark is the Dwarf Shark, which is approximately the length of the average man’s hand.

Fact 2

The largest shark is the Whale Shark, which is about the length of a bus.

Fact 3

Every year, sharks attack approximately 100 people, of which about 10 result in a human fatality. On the other hand, human beings kill 10’s of million’s of sharks every year for their skin, fins, meat and liver oil. This would imply that humans are far more dangerous than sharks.

Fact 4

There are approximately 350 different species of known sharks.

Fact 5

A large meal may last the shark up to three months without it having to eat again.

Fact 6

Sharks are at the top of the underwater food chain.

Fact 7

More people are killed every year by bee stings, lightening or soda machines falling on them than by sharks.

Fact 8

Sharks attack more men than women.

Fact 9

The Bull Shark can live in fresh water or sea water.

Fact 10

Sharks can hear a fish swimming over one mile away, and can smell one drop of blood in a million drops of water.

Fact 11

The upper and lower jaws of the shark are able to move, unlike humans and most other animals.

Fact 12

By counting the rings on the shark’s vertebrae, one is able to gauge the age of the animal.

Fact 13

A shark may lose and grow up to 30 000 teeth in its lifetime.

Fact 14

Two-thirds of the brain of a shark is dedicated to its sense of smell.

Fact 15

Oil in the liver is what keeps the shark from sinking as its density is lower than that of the surrounding water.

Fact 16

In Fiji and the Solomon Islands, people are not allowed to eat the meat of the shark. These animals are believed to possess mighty spirits of dead ancestors.

Fact 17

Even hundreds of years ago, people used shark teeth for the creation of weapons and tools.

Fact 18

Swimmers have a one in 300 million chance of being killed by a shark.

Fact 19

The Oceanic White-tipped Shark is the most dangerous living shark in terms of human attacks as it does not fear divers or swimmers.

Fact 20

The Portuguese Shark can dive more than 1.5 miles, or 2.7 kilometres, below the surface of the ocean.

Fact 21

Females are usually larger than males and have thicker skin to withstand the bites of males wanting to mate with them.

Fact 22

Shark pups begin their hunting and killing before they are even born by consuming their weaker siblings inside their mother’s oviduct.

Fact 23

Sharks can detect the electrical impulse emitted by a standard AA battery one mile away.

Fact 24

There are approximately 75 species of shark on the endangered list.

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