World largest & Scariest Sharks

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There are more than 465 known species of sharks living in our oceans today. Sharks are an apex predator at or near the top of their marine food chains and they regulate the populations of species below them. Research has shown that massive depletion of sharks has cascading effects throughout the ocean’s ecosystems.

Scientific name: Selachimorpha

Lifespan: 20 – 30 years (In the wild)

Speed: 50 km/h (Maximum, Adult, In The Water, In Short, Bursts)

93% of shark attacks from 1580 to 2010 worldwide were on males.Only 5 people die from shark attacks yearly.For every human killed by a shark, humans kill approximately two million sharks.

1. Whale Shark (Rhiniodon typus)

The Whale Shark is the largest fish in the entire Ocean! The “whale” part in its name describes his length which is comparable to whales.They typically grow to about 10-12 m (33-40 ft) but may reach 18 m (60 ft) in length. They can weigh up to 15 tons.

This species poses no real threat to humans. Unfortunately, the reverse isn’t true. Whale shark deaths due to human activity are caused mainly by collisions with boats and by fishing.

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2. Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus)

The Cetorhinus maximus, otherwise known as the basking shark, is an extremely large and mysterious fish. These sharks can grow to lengths of over 35 feet (10 meters), thus making them the second largest fish in the ocean.
Due to their immense size, you’d think that would aid in our knowledge about them. Interestingly enough, however, there are many things about these sharks that we have absolutely no clue about.

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3. Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

The Great White Shark is one of the largest sharks in the ocean. Measuring up to 6.5 meters (more than 21 feet) is not uncommon. The largest Great White ever measured was over 7 meters long (23 feet). And get this, they can weigh 2 or even 3 metric tons in weight (that’s over 6,500 pounds)! That’s one big fish! Females are typically longer than males.
The Great White Shark is best known for his roll in the movie Jaws. This shark is known as the most dangerous in the Ocean, which is a true fact. But the bloodthirsty image of this magnificent creature is mostly dreamed up in the movies and for television ratings. In reality, Great White attacks are extremely rare, even when people swim in close proximity to them.
This creature is also known as the Carcharodon Carcharias, White Shark, White Pointer, or the White Death. This truly is an amazing creature and one of the most advanced predators in the animal kingdom. They look scary, are very powerful, have exceptional speed and maneuverability, and are expert hunters
First of all, it is almost never an “attack” against humans. Sharks, like other fish, will exhibit a behavior called test biting. Basically, they were interested in what they saw and thought you might be a food source. After an initial test bite on a human, sharks almost never return again. That’s why fatalities from shark bites are so rare (most fatalities are caused due to blood loss from an initial test bite).

But sometimes, on extremely rare occasions, sharks will attack a human. It is believed this only happens when the shark thinks your silhouette is a seal. But again, when the shark discovers you’re a person and not a seal, they quickly retreat.

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4. Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier)

The Tiger Shark, also called Galeocerdo Cuvier in the scientific community, is the only member of the Galeocerdo genus. This shark is an aggressive predator and is found mostly in tropical and warm waters. Being larger than its requiem cousins, they can grow up to a length of 15 – 16 feet or 5 meters and can weigh around 1,800 pounds or 800 kilograms.

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5. Pacific Sleeper Shark (Somniosus pacificus)

One of these sharks was recently filmed using bait in the Tokyo Bay (Japan) which measured at 7 meters or 23 feet. At maturity, they typically weigh around 340 kilograms or 750 pounds and are normally around 12 feet in length or about 3.6 meters.
They are known to avoid light and swim at depths under the photic surface during the day and come up to surface at night. That makes them a rare sighting by humans. This shark can be found in abundance in Japan’s north Pacific and occurs right along the Siberian coast into the Bering Sea

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