SHARK FACTS

Dive into the world of sharks with our JAWsome fact sheets.

When people think of a shark, they usually have one image in their mind and it’s that of the great white. A shark with a large dorsal fin protruding from the water, a large torpedo -shaped body and huge teeth. In reality, there are over 500 different species of shark, all of them varying in size and appearance. So lets look at what actually makes a shark a shark: DIVE IN TO LEARN MORE 

Sharks have the same 5 senses we do, but they can also detect pressure changes and electrical currents. Learn more about their super senses: DIVE IN TO LEARN MORE

Sharks have three main methods of reproduction. They have long pregnancies ( gestation periods) and regardless of method, they do not produce a lot of babies (offspring) :

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According to the IUCN, 25% of sharks and rays are threatened with extinction. It is estimated that 100 million sharks are killed each year globally. Why are sharks in so much trouble?

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How do we save sharks?  What are shark sanctuaries? Fin bans? Finning bans? How can YOU help save sharks?

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What is shark tagging? How do scientists tag sharks? What do they use? What do the tags do?

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How do we study sharks? What tools and equipment do we use? What questions do we ask?

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How do we use photos and videos to learn about sharks? To protect them?

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