Wednesday , 24 April 2024

Amazing Facts about Sharks

Unknown facts about sharks

1.  Do you know that people kill 11,417 sharks per hour, while sharks kill 12 people per year!!

2.  100 years is the life expectancy of whale sharks.

3.  Sharks sense of smell is so powerful, that they can detect a single drop of blood in an Olympic-sized pool.

4.  If sharks stop swimming, they will sink!!

facts about sharks

5.  This one is interesting! Worldwide, NewYorkers bite 10 times more people than sharks do.

6.  Are you afraid that you will be attacked by shark? Don’t be afraid because there are more chances for you to die from a falling coconut than from a shark attack.

7.  There’s a shark in Greenland that can live up to 200 years and can eat polar bears!!

8.  This one sounds a bit weird.  As soon as Tiger Shark embryos develop teeth in the womb they attack and eat each other.

9.  When a shark hunches its back and lowers its pectoral fins and swims in zigzag motion, then it is sign that it will attack.  These are the signs that a circling shark will attack.

10.  Do you know that “Shortfin Mako” shark can accelerate faster than a Porsche!!

11.  The whale shark lays the largest eggs in the world, while the ostrich lays largest eggs on land.  In the Gulf of Mexico, an egg measuring 14 inches in diameter from a whale shark was found.

12.  Around 20% of the 400 different types of sharks are larger than adult humans.

13.  Shark screen bag is the one which keeps telltale scents from reaching cruising sharks and disguises the person’s shape.  Ditched airman and shipwrecked sailors may use them.

14.  To stop babies from crying, in Borneo the saw from a sawfish shark is hung over the cradle, with cloth covering it.

15.  Some inhabitants of the islands in the South Pacific offered human sacrifices to sharks as they considered them to be gods, until the nineteenth century.

16.  Sharks have special organs that can act as a compass and they may use the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate the oceans.

17.  The thrasher shark uses its long tail to fish which is up to 10 feet.  Its tail can be half the length of its whole body and uses it like a whip or bat that either stuns or smacks its prey.

18.  Scientists speculate that sharks may have evolved from jaw less fish.

19.  The Great White shark(also known as White Death), is the largest and strongest known predator in the sea.  It can grow up to 30 feet long.  It is the only fish that can lift its head out of the water to prey and its jaw is six times stronger than a wolf’s.  Its jaw has about 67% of biting strength of a Tyrannosaurus Rex’s jaw.  This shark is responsible for 30-50% of all deadly attacks on humans.

20.  Next to the Great White shark, the tiger shark is the second most dangerous shark in the world.  It will eat anything and often called the garbage can of the sea.

21.  Sharks usually kill only when they are hungry, similar to lions.  Some sharks can live for a year without eating, by using the oil and fats stored in their bodies.

22.  Later line organs in the sharks help them to know when other fishes swim near them, which are the rows of small holes on the sides of their bodies and are sensitive to small movements in the water.

23.  Sharks have ears inside their heads.

24.  Nurse sharks spend most of their day resting on the sandy sea floor and when they get hungry, they suck the prey off the sea floor or  between rocks.

25. Sharks are better at detecting low frequency sounds and can hear prey in the water from 3,000 feet away. Hearing is there best sense.

Also read: Amazing facts about fish, Amazing facts about dolphins and Amazing facts about all the animals and birds.

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