Essential to the fragile balance of our ocean’s health, Shark explores the complex nature of these majestic creatures’ survival instincts.
Come face to face with some of the world’s most strange and mysterious shark species. These extraordinarily intelligent underwater giants each exhibit unique behaviors to navigate their ever-changing environment. Essential to the fragile balance of our ocean’s health, Shark explores the complex nature of these magnificent creatures’ survival instincts.
Sharks don’t have bones. Instead they have a skeleton-like structure made entirely out of cartilage, which is the flexible stuff at the tip of your nose.
The mako is the fastest shark in the world – think a torpedo with teeth. It can sprint at 30mph (48km/h), although some makos have reportedly been clocked at 46mph (72km/h).
The great white shark is the world’s largest known predatory fish. They can detect one drop of blood in 25 gallons (100 litres) of water and can sense even tiny amounts of blood in the water up to 3 miles (5km) away.
The shark family tree has two branches – the other half of the family are the rays, which are flattened sharks.
Around 40% of shark species lay eggs, which come in all shapes and sizes. Other species, like the lemon shark, give birth to live young, just like humans. And others use a combination of the two methods, where the eggs hatch inside the mother’s uterus before she gives birth to live young.
The giant manta ray has the biggest brain of any fish.
The goblin shark is a living fossil, virtually unchanged for over 100 million years.
The largest fish in the world is the whale shark. They can weigh up to 20 tonnes and live for up to 60 years. Despite their size they feed mainly on plankton, the tiniest creatures in the sea.
Sharks have adapted to live in every ocean of the world.