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From scary movies to beachside signs, sharks have a hair-raising reputation. But are they really as scary as they’re portrayed?

The truth is, only 25 species (out of 368 species) attack humans, and only about 100 people each year are attacked by sharks. More people die every year from bee stings, natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes or lightning strikes, volcanoes, and tens of thousands die in car and road accidents. The bull shark is the shark most often responsible for attacks, because it swims in the same shallow waters preferred by swimmers.

Sharks are ancient animals. They’ve been on earth for at least 420 million years. Sharks, unlike most fish, don’t have bones, but cartilage, which is a soft, sinewy substance. They have several rows of teeth and might have as many as 3,000 teeth in their mouths at one time. When one tooth falls out, another one moves forward to replace it.

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Some of the most commonly known sharks are:

  • Great White Shark
  • Mako Shark
  • Basking Shark
  • Tiger Shark
  • Hammerhead Shark
  • Whale Shark
  • Bull Shark
  • Sand Shark
  • Blue Shark
commonly known sharks

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Fun Facts About Sharks

Sharks have several rows of teeth and might have as many as 3,000 teeth in their mouths at one time.

Fun Facts About Sharks for Kids

  • It’s hard to see in the murky waters of the deep, but sharks have excellent vision. Their night vision is better than a cat’s or a wolf’s.
  • A shark’s sense of smell is 10,000 times better than a human’s.
  • Sharks can detect electrical impulses, including another animal’s beating heart. That’s a little creepy, isn’t it?
  • Sharks are picky eaters. They often take one bite of something before they decide to go in for the kill. This is why they often swim away after “tasting” a human.

Shark Vocabulary

  • Reputation: the image or idea people have of a person, animal or thing
  • Portray: how someone or something is described
  • Ancient: old
  • Substance: material
  • Murky: dark, cloudy
Shark Vocabulary

Learn More All About Sharks

Watch this exciting documentary video of the biggest shark that ever lived, Megalodon!

A video documentary about a historical giant shark, Megalodon.

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