15 Facts That Prove Sharks Are Actually Pretty Awesome Creatures

 

Sharks have such a negative reputation. Ever since 'JAWS' was released back in 1975, people's fear of the creatures have reached almost hysteria-levels. Did you know, however, that their reputation as human-killing terror-machines is pretty much unjustified? There are so many awesome things about sharks that make these sea monsters fascinating! Take a look to find out more, and remember to share this post with your friends and family!

 

The 'Whale' shark is the world's biggest and can grow up to 60 feet long, even on its diet of tiny plankton!

whale shark
TimDigger/TurtleBayDiveResort

 

During their migration from the Caribbean to the mid-north Atlantic, some tiger sharks traveled an incredible 4,660 miles!

tiger shark
WikimediaCommons

 

Some species of shark, including this 'Salmon' shark, need to keep moving so that they can breathe!

salmon shark
BigFishExpeditions/AndyMurch

 

Lots of sharks can actually dislocate their upper jaw to eat particularly large prey!

shark jumping
Fansshare

 

The biggest shark that ever existed was known as the 'Megalodon', and it lived 2 million years ago.

megalodon size
SharkSider

 

 

With almost 100 million sharks being killed annually, scientists are concerned that many shark species will become extinct in the future!

shark fins man
sharklife

 

The 'Shortfin Mako' shark is the fastest in the world, swimming at speeds of up to 20 miles an hour!

shortfin mako shark
wildestanimal/GettyImages

 

'Blue' sharks binge-eat until they vomit then continue to eat. Ew!

blue shark
ADCDiving/DirkWuyts

 

The biggest 'Great White' that has ever been caught weighed almost 4,200 pounds and measured a gigantic 20 feet!

great white shark
reddit

 

The 'Greenland' shark is poisonous to us humans, unless prepared correctly. The whole process takes five months so the shark is only eaten as a delicacy.

greenland shark
NationalGeographic/NickCaloyianis

 

 

The 'Dogfish' shark is the most commonly found shark species in the world.

dogfish shark
SharksoftheAtlanticResearchandConservationCenter/AndyMurch

 

The 'Basking' shark has a liver which makes up a quarter of its entire body weight!

basking shark
AlexMustard

 

 

This bizarre-looking creature is a 'Wobbegong' shark, it latches onto its prey and will not let go!

wobbegong shark
NationalGeographic

 

This 'Frilled' shark looks very close to what early sharks are believed to have looked like.

frilled shark
npr/AwashimaMarinePark/GettyImages

 

You're not very likely to be killed by a shark!

worlds deadliest animals
GatesNotes

Source: 1