The Great Sharks Of The Ocean

The Great White Shark
  • You might think that the Great White Shark would have beady black eyes like most sharks, but instead they have beautiful blue eyes.
  • No one knows where these sharks give birth, but they have two to ten pups at a time.
  • A Great White Shark can go without eating for about a month.
  • This shark is found in hunting in coasts all over the world, except for Antartica.
  • The Great White Shark has the biggest record for eating people in the world.
The Tiger Shark
  • The Tiger Shark gets its name because when it is born it has dark stripes on its upper body. When the shark gets older, the stripes begin to fade.
  • A Tiger Shark will eat almost anything in the ocean, and even land animals that stray to close to the water.
  • The teeth of these sharks are square, instead of rounded like other sharks.
  • The average life span of a Tiger Shark is 30 to 40 years old.
  • These sharks are saltwater sharks, and they can be found in tropical waters all over the world.
The Basking Shark
  • Basking Shark means 'taking the sun.'
  • This kind of shark can open its mouth up to a meter wide.
  • The Basking Shark does not actively hunt for prey, it just opens its mouth and eats whatever goes into it.
  • The Basking Shark gets the 'basking' part of their names because they are know for soaking in the sunlight.
  • This kind of female shark will have babies every two to four years, and as soon as she has them, they swim away to have a life of their own.
The Hammerhead Shark
  • The Hammerhead Shark uses its big, oddly shaped head to pin down its favorite meal, stingrays, to the bottom of the ocean floor.
  • The life span of this shark is 20-30 years old.
  • A female Hammerhead Shark does not lay eggs, instead she has babies called pups, and she has 20-50 of them at once!
  • The Hammerhead hunts alone, and they can detect hidden stingrays underneath the sand.
  • The female Hammerhead is bigger than the male.
The Blue Shark
  • The Blue Shark is considered one of the most beautiful types of sharks in the world because of their slim body, long fins, dashing blue eyes, and cone-shaped snout.
  • This pretty type of shark travels around in schools, mostly consisting of just males or females, and the largest one is the leader.
  • This shark loves to eat squid, so they stay near the squid's breeding area to hunt.
  • The Blue Shark has special things in its head, with enables them to sense the heartbeat of another fish from several miles away.
  • Blue Sharks can be seen jumping out of the water to catch their prey.
The Angel Shark
  • An Angel Shark has five sets of gills located on the bottom side of their body.
  • This kind of shark sets up an ambush for its prey, by laying motionless and camouflaged on the bottom of the ocean and waiting for its food to appear. Then, when the meal gets close enough, the Angel Shark grabs it in only a tenth of a second!
  • Sometimes, Angel Sharks are called Monkfish.
  • These sharks are usually buried under the sand, because they have the perfect camouflage.
  • Female Angel Fish have 1-25 pups each year.
The Nurse Shark
  • No one really knows how the Nurse Shark got its name. It might be the sound it makes when hunting prey in the sand, because it sounds like a baby nursing.
  • Sharks breath from their gills by moving around in the water.
  • The Nurse Shark is nocturnal, so they hunt alone at night, but at daytime, they rest in large groups of about 40 sharks.
  • This shark is a slow, sluggish moving shark, and it mostly waits on the bottom of the ocean until food swims by.
  • Nurse Sharks eat octopus, squid, crustaceans, mollusks, and sometimes even coral and algae.
The Zebra Shark
  • Zebra Sharks get their name because when they are young, they have dark stripes.
  • The long tail of the Zebra Shark allows it to be more agile in the water, by allowing them to swim quickly, catch their prey, and escape from pretators.
  • Usually, sharks breath through their gills when moving, but the Zebra shark just angles his head towards the natural water flow, and pumps water into their gills without requiring any movement.
  • This shark is also known as the Leopard Shark, and some people call them carpet fish.
  • The Zebra Shark is also a nocturnal animal.
The Whale Shark
  • The Whale Shark is the largest fish in the entire world! But don't confuse it with being the largest animal, because that is the Blue Whale.
  • This gigantic shark can live up to 100 years!
  • Like most sharks, the female Whale Shark is bigger than the male.
  • Whale Sharks are in now way related to whales, they are just named after them because they are giant, and have filter feeding.
  • These sharks have teeth, but they don't use them for eating. We do not know for sure the true usage of their pointy teeth.
The Saw Shark
  • Saw Sharks have and estimated number of 17,000 small teeth in its mouth!
  • Saw Sharks live to about 10-15 years, and a female saw shark has 3 to 22 pups every two years, so they can have a lot of babies.
  • This long-snouted shark has 5-6 pairs of gills depending on the kind.
  • Saw sharks use their sawlike nose to kill prey and chop it into small pieces so they can swallow their food more easily. They also use their snout to fight each other over mates.
  • The Saw Shark can be a solitary creature, or be a part of a school.
The Wobbegong Shark
  • This shark got its crazy name from an Australian Aboriginal language, and it means 'shaggy beard,' in reference to the skin that grows around the mouth. You pronounce Wobbegong so it rhymes with 'hop along.'
  • Wobbegong Sharks can kind of walk, because by using their bottom fins to move along the ocean floor, it looks like they are walking.
  • This kind of shark has been seen climbing out of one tide pool to go to another. As long as their gills are wet, they can survive the journey.
  • These sharks are very lazy, usually dragging itself sluggishly across the floor. Since they spend most of their time lying on the ground, they don't need to move around in order to pump air into their gills.
  • Wobbegong Sharks are nocturnal animals, and they ambush their prey when they hunt at night.
The Frilled Shark
  • Frilled Sharks are named for their gills, because they are frilled at the end.
  • Like most sharks, the female is bigger than the male.
  • These sharks live in oceans all over the world, but you will never see them, unless they venture to the surface, which is almost unheard of.
  • The Frilled Shark has some weird teeth themselves, but their cousin, the goblin shark, which is now extinct, can thrust their jaw out of their mouths to catch their food!
  • The female Frilled shark has 2-10 pups at a time.

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