Shark Facts: Things you didn’t know about sharks

October 28th, 2014

Sharks are fascinating creatures! Here are a few facts that you probably didn't know about sharks! Shark facts from a combination of Great White Sharks, Hammerheads, Bullsharks and many others. Read the list of shark facts below and lean something new!

Shark Facts:

  • Many sharks can glow in the dark...
  • Not all sharks are top predators. Great White Sharks, Hammerheads and Bullsharks actually eat many other smaller sharks.
  • Sharks don't live a very exciting life, even though they are very fascinating creatures. Sharks mostly swim all day doing nothing in particular, some of them spend a lot of their time lying around.
  • Great white sharks eat about 11 tons of food in a year. This is a combination of sea lions, seals, whales, sea turtles, and other fish. 11 tons are a lot considering that humans consume half of one ton of food in a year.
  • Great White Sharks can live up to 60+ years
  • Sharks can dislocate their upper jaws to grab and hang onto prey.
  • Female sharks can reproduce without help from males with a phenomenon called parthenogenesis, where the egg essentially fertilizes itself.
  • Sharks can only see black and white.
  • Whale sharks can carry around 33pups at a time.
  • Tiger sharks help to keep seagrass beds healthy by preventing turtles from overgrazing.
  • Sharks have been swimming in the waters for more than 400 million years.
  • Baby sharks needs no care from their mother. As soon as they enter the world, the baby sharks immediately swims away from their mother to find shelter so that the mother won't eat them.