A proper scientific and formal description about sharks would be, “They are a group of elasmobranch fishes characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton, having five to seven-gill slits on the sides of their head. But let us cut the rough cheese and get to know them better, sexier, and more interesting characteristics about this group of creatures. Sharks have been making it to the news for all the wrong reasons, and there definitely are many other points of interest about this majestic fish that deserves consideration. So let’s get into some enjoyable facts about this celebrated deep-sea predator.
Sharks – Introduction
- Sharks do not have bones (but they can still fossilized because they deposited calcium salts in their skeletal cartilage to strengthen it.)
- Most Sharks have good eyesight and are known as the hawks of the deep sea
- Sharkskin feels similar to sandpaper to touch
- Many Shark species reproduce in different ways (some are oviparous and some viviparous)
- Sharks especially have electroreceptor organs (that allows the shark to sense the electromagnetic fields and temperature shifts under the ocean)
- Whale sharks are essentially bulletproof
- There are two types of sharks based on their diet: one is carnivorous Sharks and the other is planktivore Sharks.
- Sharks consume only 0.5 to 3.0 % of their body weight daily.
- The baby sharks swim away from their mothers after they’re born to avoid getting eaten.
- Sharks can go way up to months and sometimes years without eating and survive on their liver oil, if the need be.
- They usually stay solitary and prefer to hunt at night.
Other fun facts
- Yellow, White, and Silvers are the sharks; favorite colors and attract them the most.
- Although sharks have managed to look like evil fearless beings, they too have their own fears. Some sharks are afraid of dolphins and humans.
- Tiger sharks love to be petted, and they come back repeatedly for this kind of affection.
- Their pet sound is a faint buzz called “yummy hum”
- Ghost shark’s sex organs are on their heads
- Sharks can live up to about 400 years
- Greenland sharks are the only sharks that can tolerate the Arctic cold.
- The world’s smallest shark can fit in the palm of a human hand.
There hardly exist any other creatures that inspire as much fascination and awe as the sharks. They give you reasons to celebrate along with your family with their exclusive moves. Feared by most, loved by few, and hunted by many, sharks are one of the most mysterious groups of creatures gliding through the water bodies of the earth. Sharks are usually found in every major body of saltwater in the world but are more common in warmer waters. There are a certain number of species that thrive in freshwater too.