Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Amazing Facts About Sharks

Image source: abcnews.com
One of my favorite shows today is “Shark Tank.” Although the show doesn’t literally use live sharks, the concept of sharks is alive and well in it. It was because of this that I thought it would be fun to write about real sharks since I’ve always found them to be overly fascinating. In fact, to me, they’re one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet. Here are some of them.

  • Sharks are older than dinosaurs by 200 million years. That’s a lot of years.
  • Sharks have one of the strongest olfactory senses in the world. They can smell food from great distances.
  • Sharks eat fish, crustaceans, mollusks, planktons, mammals, and other sharks. They rarely attack people. Thank God.
  • The largest shark the world has ever seen is the megalodon. It can grow to 67 feet. It’s extinct now. Or so we think.
  • Sadly, the number of sharks in the wild is decreasing. Many factors are contributing to this decline such as the destruction of their natural habitat, massive illegal fishing (stop eating shark’s fin soup people!), and many other threats.
    Image source:atlanticwhiteshark.org
  • Regarding their habitat, some sharks have evolved to live in shallow, coastal regions, while others have found ways to go deeper into the ocean. The scary and temperamental bull shark has even known to hunt prey in the shallow fresh water. Yikes!
  • Sharks are a lot more active in the evening.
  • Sharks may be romantics. They travel great distances to breed. Sometimes they traverse entire oceans for this.

   I’m Bennett J. Kireker formerly from New York. As I said, I love 'Shark Tank.' Visit my blog for more fun stuff.