Fun Facts About Sharks
- Sharks, Just Like People, Have Diverse Body Types & Features
Some sharks are polka dotted (whale sharks) or striped (young zebra shark), some have tassels on their face (wobbegong sharks) or very broad heads (hammerhead sharks). Some glow in the dark (lantern sharks). and some are even shaped like an eel (frilled sharks).
- Sharks Don’t Like The Taste Of You, Skunks Or Weasels
Sharks generally give a “taste bite” to their potential prey, it’s hypothesized that sharks just don’t like the way humans taste and is why there is a high survival rate of shark victims. The same must go for sea otters (relatives of skunks and weasels) as they have never been found in a white shark’s stomach.
- Sharks Do Whatever They Can To Stay Afloat
Sharks bring in oxygen over their gills while swimming. However, they can certainly idle in which they’ll swallow air through their mouths. Also, to maintain buoyancy sharks have a liver filled with oil and fat that makes up almost 30% of their body weight.
- Sharks Nap After Aggressive Mating
The most obvious physical difference between a male and female shark is the presence of claspers. This pair of appendages is used for internal fertilization. In an effort to ensure copulation males will bite the female to hold on for leverage. What’s incredible is that the females have evolved a much thicker skin than males to protect themselves during this ritual. After, the couple sinks down to the ocean floor to rejuvenate and refresh.
- Sharks Need Us
While it’s not a good idea to go out and seek a hug from a shark, it’s important to learn more and recognize that sharks are a vital part of the ecosystem. With over 400 species of sharks worldwide, each one – from the smallest (dwarf lantern shark at 7 to 8 inches) to the largest (whale shark at over forty feet) is exceptional and special