Shark Week: Interesting Shark Facts
It’s shark week! Here are some interesting shark facts:
- There are over 400 different species of sharks.
- Until the 16th century they were known to seafarers as “sea dogs”.
- Baby sharks are called pups.
- New research shows that sharks may be colorblind.
- You are 1,000 times more likely to drown at sea than to be attacked by a shark.
- Shark teeth have been thought to inspire the first tools created by humans, and were often used as tools themselves.
- Sharks are closely related to stingrays.
- The most dangerous sharks are the Great White Shark, the Hammerhead Shark, the Tiger Shark, the Mako Shark and the Bull Shark.
- Sharks wounds heal quickly.
- The largest sharks tend to be the most harmless. They eat plankton by swimming with their jaws wide open.
- Zebra Sharks actually look more like leopards with black spots, but lose the spots as they mature.
- Sharks can smell a drop of blood in 1 million drops of water.
- Sharks never run out of teeth, if they lose one another spins forward from rows and rows of backup teeth – a shark may grow and lose 20,000 teeth in its lifetime!
- A shark can hear a fish in the water more than a million miles away.
- Most of today’s sharks developed 64 million years ago – when the dinosaurs were around!