Different Kinds of Sharks
There are over 400 different species of sharks.
However, they comprise less than 1 percent of all living
fish. Sharks are widely considered to be the apex predators
of the ocean; their place is near, or at the top of
the food chain. However, not all sharks are like that;
many arenít aggressive at all.
Some of the most well-known sharks include: the great
white shark, the tiger shark, the bull shark, the oceanic
whitetip shark, the hammerhead shark, and the extinct
The great white shark is by far, the shark with the
most recorded attacks on humans. The great white shark
typically reaches a maximum length of 20 feet and maximum
weight of 5,000 pounds, although the largest great white
shark is thought to have been 23 feet with a weight
of 5,500 pounds.
The tiger shark is the shark with the second most
recorded attacks on humans. The tiger shark typically
reaches a maximum length of 14 feet and maximum weight
of 1,400 pounds, although the largest confirmed tiger
shark was 24 feet with a weight of 6,900 pounds.
The bull shark closely follows the tiger shark in
recorded attacks on humans, with the third most recorded
attacks. The bull shark typically reaches a maximum
length of nearly 12 feet and maximum weight of 505 pounds.
Unlike most sharks, bull sharks tolerate fresh water
and can travel far up rivers.
The oceanic whitetip shark is responsible for more
fatal attacks on humans than all other species combined.
They are known for preying on survivors of shipwrecks
or downed aircraft. However, such incidents are not
included in the common shark attack data, so the oceanic
whitetip shark does not hold the highest number of recorded
shark attacks (fatal and non-fatal). The oceanic whitetip
shark typically reaches a maximum length of 11 feet,
although the largest oceanic whitetip shark is thought
to have been 13 feet with a weight of 370 pounds.
The hammerhead shark has the seventh most recorded
attacks on humans. The hammerhead shark typically reaches
a maximum length of nearly 12 feet and weight of 500
pounds, although the largest hammerhead shark is thought
to have been 20 feet. The largest confirmed weight of
a hammerhead shark was 1,280 pounds, although it was
due to the fact it was pregnant.
The extinct megaladon shark, an ancient ancestor of
the great white, is thought to have reached a maximum
length of 67 feet, and a maximum weight of 228,000 pounds.
The teeth of a megaladon shark reached lengths of over
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