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Shark Fun Facts (Sharks & Their Quirks)

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The watery depths hold some of the most bizarre and fascinating life forms on earth. In an attempt to get you acquainted with them, we bring to you some interesting features on sharks, fish which are sometimes misunderstood for their razor sharp teeth and thirst of blood (fine, you have reason to misunderstand!). Warning: The information inside might make you go, “Are you sharking kidding me?”

So grab your snorkeling gear and let’s take a dive!

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Shark Fun Facts (Sharks & Their Quirks)

  1. 1. Hear us out! We don’t always bite. Fun-filled facts about the coolest underwater fish
  2. 2. Types of Sharks Well-known sharks There are about 440 species of sharks in the world
  3. 3. No Bones!Fact#1 Sharks do not have a single bone in their bodies. Instead they have a skeleton made up of cartilage. Cartilage is a type of tough, flexible tissue present in the human nose and ears.
  4. 4. Super Hearing Sharks can hear a fish thrashing in the water from as far as 500 metres away! Some scientists think hearing is typically the first sense sharks use in detecting prey. Fact#2
  5. 5. Deadly Predators Great Whites are the deadliest of all sharks, and responsible for the largest number of recorded shark attacks on humans. They can swim through water at an amazing 30 km/h! Fact#3
  6. 6. A Painful Date Male sharks find mates by biting female sharks. That is why many species of female sharks have comparatively thicker skin. Other animals which bite potential partners are cats and turtles. Fact#4
  7. 7. Just Keep Swimming Some sharks remain on the move for their entire lives! If the shark stops moving, it will suffocate and die. Swimming forces water over their gills, delivering oxygen to the blood stream. Fact#5
  8. 8. I Smell Blood A shark would be able to smell a single drop of blood in an Olympic-sized pool! Sharks have a very keen sense of smell which they use for hunting. Fact#6
  9. 9. Troublesome Babies The first tiger shark pup to hatch inside its mother’s womb devours its unborn siblings until only two pups remain, one on each side of the womb. Hammerhead sharks are born with soft heads so they won’t jam their mothers’ birth canals. Fact#7
  10. 10. Razor Sharp Teeth The average shark has 40-45 razor-sharp teeth and can have up to seven rows of replacement teeth. Sharks lose a lot of teeth and grow them back quickly. They often go through more than twenty thousand teeth in a lifetime! Fact#8
  11. 11. Special Attention Required Humans kill about 30 million sharks per year trying to make beaches safer or fishing. On the other hand, only around 30 people die due to shark attacks each year. See the difference? Alert!
  12. 12. Consequences? Many species of sharks are nearing extinction. This will cause an overall imbalance in the ecosystem. Sharks inhabited the earth 200 million years before dinosaurs appeared! Let’s try to conserve them, please? Alert!