Researchers estimate that 100 million sharks were killed in 2000 and 97 million were killed in 2010. The actual number is likely much higher because scientists say they lack sufficient data on shark catches.
The short fin mako is sometimes referred to as the peregrine falcon of the shark world.
Great white shark
Shortfin mako shark
What's the benefit of having a hammer-like head?
A hammerhead's wide-set eyes allow for faster ocean scanning — and that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this shark's specialized sensory organs.
Easier to see, sense prey
Humans write songs about you
How long does a shark pup stay with its mother?
Most baby sharks are able to fend for themselves upon birth. And that's a good thing, because shark moms have been known to eat their young.
Statistically, you are more likely to be bitten by a shark if you are:
Surfers are the most compelling bait, while divers are relatively safe. (But boat mechanics who surf? That's a different story.)
A boat mechanic
What ability is more fine-tuned in sharks than in any other animal?
The pores on top of a shark's snout give it a sixth sense: the ability to detect electrical currents.
If a giant waterspout scoops up a bunch of live sharks and dumps them on your town, what should you do?
"As with any waterspout or tornado, the best advice is to be in an interior part of the lowest floor of a sturdy building — and not outside."
(Sharks or no sharks, are you really going to disagree with advice from the National Weather Service?)
Grab a chainsaw
Move to Canada, pronto!
Hide in the lowest floor of a sturdy building
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Maybe you should stay on dry land. Fail. You have some serious studying to do.You've almost reached peak-shark!There's a TV documentary in your future!
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