What Do Sharks Eat?

We all have seen many movies about sharks and we have discerned that all of them are bloodthirsty for almost any living organisms related to flesh- meat. Though on television sharks are seen to be always hunting humans and as soon as they find a drop of blood- they go wild and eat up all the characters in the movie except the protagonist; in the end, the protagonist alone kills all the sharks. But, reality indeed is quite the opposite; let’s discover the truth…

There are multiple living organisms that sharks have eyes on to consume- including humans too. But the ratio that is shown in films is a little too much.

Carnivorous Sharks

Almost all sharks are carnivorous but, the most famous are great white sharks, blue sharks, tiger sharks, and hammerhead sharks. As meat-eating sharks, they enjoy hunting for their food so they consume various animals and the food they enjoy is;

  • Small bony fishes of almost all sizes
  • Dolphins
  • Crustaceans
  • Octopus
  • Squid
  • Seals
  • Mollusks
  • Turtles
  • Sea urchins

As we see; we humans are not even on the list- no need to feel left out or excluded, pun intended. Nevertheless, if people feel like taking risks and by choice want to swim in the water with lots of sharks in it then don’t feel shocked if they attack you because the sharks have sharp senses and even a minute drop of blood gives them a signal that their prey is in their reach.

Small-sized sharks eat small fishes and small-sized squids and those sharks who are larger hunt on dolphins, big squids, and even large-sized fishes too.

Planktivorous Sharks

Sharks that prefer eating plankton over big fishes like dolphins and squids are known as Planktivorous sharks. Planktivorous sharks include megamouth sharks; whales and basking sharks. There are basically two types of plankton that are consumed by these sharks:

  1. Phytoplankton
  2. Zooplankton

Phytoplanktons are basically plants that are minute- not visible to the eye as they are microscopic. This kind of plankton involves:

  1. Algae
  2. Barnacles
  3. Diatoms

Zooplanktons are basically animals or their components which are minute. Some examples of zooplanktons are:

  1. Blue button
  2. Shrimps
  3. Moon jelly
  4. Krill
  5. Decapod larvae
  6. Small copepods

In A Nutshell

Most sharks are carnivorous and can eat humans too and some even are planktivorous that does not give humans a green card to be close to such sharks because even though the attacks are rare, they do exist. One can never trust animals as they are not compassionate like humans.

About the author

Yumna Ahmad

An experienced content writer, photographer, and avid reader amazed by the sea world and its creatures. I am lettin people become fascinated with the ocean planet through my writings.