SHARK APPRECIATION DAY!
We’re celebrating some of the most fearsome predators of the sea- SHARKS! These fish have a bad reputation but without them, our oceans would be out of whack! Sharks play a vital role in the oceans’ ecosystems. They come in big and small sizes and some even eat plankton! So let’s learn some shark fun facts, enjoy some shark pictures and get out those crayons to color Ellie’s shark coloring sheet!
- A shark’s skeleton is made of cartilage.
- There are around 350 species of sharks.
- Blue sharks can reach speeds of up to 43 mph.
- The dwarf shark is smallest species of shark. It is about 4 inches long.
- The largest fish in the ocean is the Whale shark. They can get up to 30 feet long.
- Whale sharks are filter feeders, they eat krill.
- The Megamouth Shark was only discovered in 1976.
- Sharks swallow their food whole or tear it off in chunks.
- Sharks can smell one drop of blood in a million drops of water.
- Sharks have been around for about 65 million years.
- Pigs kill more people each year than sharks!
These amazing creatures are under threat as we deplete their numbers. Remember even animals that seem scary need our respect and protection. The oceans would fall apart without sharks! Check out Once World One Ocean see how you can help!
What about nurse sharks? I love learning about sharks and am always thrilled when shark week comes on the discovery channel.