Did you know that sharks are older than dinosaurs? In some form, sharks have been around for about 400 million years. Some species are extinct. Sharks are such expert hunters. They have few enemies.
The biggest shark is the Megalodon. It has lived until 12,000 years ago.
Even before dinosaurs roamed the earth, sharks hunted through the oceans! They're such good survivors that they've had little need to evolve in the last 150 million years.
These ancient predators fascinate adults and children alike.
Scientific Information: Sharks belong to the class of fish, Chondrichthyes.
Sharks have the most powerful jaws on the planet. Unlike most animals' jaws, both the sharks' upper and lower jaws move.
A shark bites with it's lower jaw first and then its upper. It tosses its head back and forth to tear loose a piece of meat which it swallows whole.
TYPES OF SHARKS
Zebra or Australian Leopar Shark lives in Indo-Pasific areas such as Pakistan, Vietnam, the Philippines, China, Japan and Australia.
Blacktip Reef Shark lives in Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Japan, China, and Australia.
Lemon Shark lives in Nez Jersey to southern Brazil, the Bahamas, Gulf of Mexico, Senegal, southern Baja California to Ecuador.
Scalloped Hammerhead lives in coastal warm temperatures and tropical seas around the world.
Brown or Sandbar Shark lives in Southern Massachusetts to Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, Mediterreanean and Red Seas, South Africa, Japan, Australia and Madagascar.
Sand tiger or Snaggletooth Shark lives in Gulf of Maine to Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Australia.
Bonnethead lives in Rhode Island to Southern Brazil, Cuba, The Bahamas, Southern California to Ecuador.
Nurse Shark lives in Rhoda Island to Brazil, Gulf of Mexico, Southern Baja California to Peru.
Horn Shark lives in Central California to Gulf of California, possibly Ecuador and Peru.
Wobbegong lives in Western South Pacific including Indonesia