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Some shark species and sizes:

  • White pointer shark (size: 6m)

  • Black-tip reef shark (size: 1.5m)

  • Nurse shark (size: 4.3m)

  • Grey reef shark (size: 1.5m)

  • Sand tiger shark (size: 3m)

  • Leopard shark (size:1.5m)

 

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The wobbegong shark is good eating!

Sharks are great hunters in the sea. With their terrible teeth and huge jaws they can tear up seals, turtles, fish, people and if they get really annoyed they'll even tear up a small boat.

Sharks swim by bending from side to side. First it moves its head, then its body, then its long tail. As this wave pattern travels down its body it pushes the shark through the sea.

Sharks have several rows of teeth on both of their jaws, these teeth are very useful to them. When one tooth is broken off another one will replace it.

Sharks vary in size. One shark which is called a whale shark can reach a length of 18 metres. These sharks are harmless, only eating plankton and small fish. The spotted dogfish are one of the smallest sharks.

Did you know that there are over 300 species of sharks?  Sharks live all over the world. Most sharks have a very good sense of smell. They can trace blood from miles away.

There is one kind of shark called the basking shark. They only eat food like plankton and small plants. They swim through the water with their mouths open and take in large gulps of water, straining out the water by their gills, the plankton and small plants are left inside the sharks mouth.

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