Think you know sharks? Take the quiz

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How deep is your knowledge of these mysterious creatures? Take the quiz and find out if it really is safe to go back in the water.

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What's the world's largest shark?

The whale shark is the largest type of shark alive today — yet it's a filter feeder that consumes mostly algae and krill.

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What's the name of the seal that Discovery Channel famously used in a video to promote Shark Week 2013?

The channel generated some buzz (and some groans) with the tagline: "It's a bad week to be a seal."

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Which of these animals is more likely to kill you than a shark?

About 22 people are killed in the U.S. every year by cows, which seem like such docile creatures.

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How many sharks are killed each year by humans?

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.

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What's the world's fastest shark?

The short fin mako is sometimes referred to as the peregrine falcon of the shark world.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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?)

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