Basic Facts

Sharks are amazing animals.They eat things like fish, crustaceans, mollusks, plankton, krill, marine mammals and other sharks. Sharks also have a very acute sense of smell that allows them to detect blood in the water from miles away.Some shark species, like the great white shark, attack and surprise their prey, usually seals and sea lions, from below. Species that dwell on the ocean floor have developed the ability to bottom-feed. Others attack schooling fish in a feeding frenzy, while large sharks like the whale and basking sharks filter feed by swimming through the ocean with their mouths open wide, filtering large quantities of plankton and krill.

Sharks replace their teeth many times.

The giant prehistoric shark Megalodon chomped on whales, with the most powerful bite of any animal that’s ever lived.Sharks don’t lose teeth from cavities, but their teeth get stuck inside prey.

It is difficult to estimate population numbers since there are many different species spanning a large geographic area. However, overall shark numbers are on the decline due to the many threats they face in the wild.

Underwater Shark Great White Sharks Underwater Shark Swimming deep in the Ocean
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