Shark Facts

There are more than 500 different types of sharks in the oceans and seas on our planet!

A shark’s sense of smell is 10,000 times better than that of a human.

Sharks are ancient animals. They’ve been on our planet for more than 450 million years. 

It’s hard to see in the murky waters of the deep, but sharks have excellent vision.

They have multiple rows of teeth, with new teeth forming behind the other. When a tooth falls out, another one moves forward to replace it.

Sharks can detect very small amounts of electricity created by beating muscles, including other animals’ beating hearts. 

Sharks do not have any bones. They have cartilage which is a soft, flexible and strong material – the same stuff your nose and ears are made from.

Sharks are fussy eaters. Different species prefer different foods, which is why there are so many  species. 

Out of over 400 kinds of shark, only 25 kinds will directly approach humans to see if they are something nice to eat. They are really looking for seals and fish. About 100 people each year have a direct shark interaction, and of those around 5 -10 die.

While this is sad, more people die every year from bee stings or natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes or lightning strikes. And tens of thousands of people die in car accidents. 

If you look at it the other way round, we kill 100 million sharks every year – so they should be afraid of us rather than us be afraid of them.

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