Posts Categorized: Sharks!

Lanternsharks

There are several different kinds of lanternsharks. The dwarf lanternshark is so small you can hold it in your hand! It’s only 8 inches long. Lanternsharks have big eyes that help them see in the dark. They live in deep waters all around the world. Lanternsharks have the supercool ability … Read More

Swell Sharks

Swell sharks stay skinny until a predator comes around. Then they gulps in seawater to make them swell up to double the size.

Here’s a really cool video of a baby swell shark hatching:

Frilled Sharks

Frilled sharks may look eels—but they’re sharks. Each one has 6 pairs of wavy, gilled slits. Dark brown in color, it lives in deep water and eats octopus and squid. It has more than 300 teeth!
My editor sent me this link with cool photos of a frilled shark.

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Basking Sharks

Basking Sharks are the second biggest fish in the world. Inside their gill slits they have bristles, similar to teeth, that filter their food from the water. These are giant sharks that often swim close to the surface (looking like they’re basking in the sun—hence the name.) They feed mostly … Read More

Zebra Sharks

Zebra Sharks are nocturnal sharks. They are also called leopard sharks. As they grow, their stripes split into spots. So baby sharks look like zebras but older ones look like leopards. Hence the dual names.

Want to see what they look like when they’re teenagers?

Blue Sharks

Blue sharks are the most common types of sharks. They’re found in almost every part of the ocean, except the really, really cold places. Here’s a great site with some cool info on blue sharks.

Blue Shark video:

Goblin Sharks

Goblin shark sightings are rare.

The goblin shark has a long, flat snout that helps it detect prey. When it attacks its food, its jaw unhinges, making it look like a completely different fish in that moment. Its blood vessels make its translucent skin look pink.
Watch its jaws unhinge … Read More

Angel Sharks

Angel sharks have eyes on the top of their heads, so they can see while resting. They don’t swim very fast, but they don’t need to. They can hide out and camouflage on the ocean floor, waiting for prey to come along.
Here’s a neat video about scientists studying the … Read More

Thresher Sharks

The thresher shark has a very long tail. It thrashes from side to side to stun its prey before it gobbles them up. It also uses its tail to herd together groups of small fish before gobbling them up. It can leap out of the water.
Here’s that tail in … Read More

Nurse Sharks

Nurse sharks have feelers called barbels at the end of their snout that they use to feel around on the bottom of the ocean floor for food.

 

Here’s a neat video that features both zebra sharks and nurse sharks.

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