Top Ten Most Unforgettable Facts About Sharks.

Posted: August 2, 2011 in Science, Sharks, TV

It’s Shark Week, so here are my top ten favorite shark facts, most of which come courtesy of The Devil’s Teeth by Susan Casey.

10. Great whites suntan. Their hides start out already dark on the top, and can be made darker still by the sun. Great white sharks are only actually white on their undersides. (I guess if you have the cojones to get under one, you can name it whatever you like.)

9. At 8 inches long, the deepwater dogfish shark is likely the smallest shark, and most likely the kind that Ice-T has in his home aquarium.

8. The largest shark to ever have lived is likely the megalodon, which was over 3 times as big as the largest great white. Luckily, extinct.

7. The largest shark on earth is the whale shark, which can grow to 60 feet long. Whale sharks only eat plankton, so quit whining.  Dolphins are meaner.

6. The only sharks who have ever attacked humans are the Great White shark, the Tiger shark, the Bull shark, & the Great Hammerhead shark.  Every other kind of shark (and there are over 400) is virtually harmless to human beings.

5. In millions of years, the single greatest threat to sharks has always been us. And the nasty, disgusting things we do to our oceans.

4. Still scared of sharks?  Look at it this way:  Statistically speaking, you have better chances of getting hit by a car, getting arrested, or hooking up with Kim Kardashian (learn to dribble first), than of being attacked by a shark.

3. Weirdest things ever found inside the bellies of great whites: A buffalo head, a man in a suit of armor, a reindeer, and Mario Van Peebles.

2. Shark skeletons are made of cartilage, not bone. The only fossils they leave are teeth — that’s why we don’t know how big they can get.

1. Sharks have been on the planet for more than 420 million years.  Trees have existed for 360 million years.  Do that math: Sharks are so old they predate TREES.

That’s some pretty badass science right there.

You’ve heard about the Jesus Fish?

I hereby submit the Jesus Shark.

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  1. Christian says:

    Nice facts and remarks!!!!

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