FACTS STATS

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According to National Geographic:

  • In the United States, there is only an average of 16 shark attacks each year and less than 1 fatality on shark attack every two years, while along the coastal US, there are more than 41 people who die from lightning strikes annually.
  • The shortfin mako (Isurus Oxyrinchus) is the most recognized as the fastest shark specie. It has been clocked at speeds of up to 20 miles an hour, or 32 kilometers an hour and can most probably swim even faster than that. Imagine the fleetest fish such as tuna and swordfish and you can bet that mako can outrun and even catch them.
  • There is a total of about 50 - 70 confirmed shark attacks and 5 - 15 shark-attack fatalities around the world and these numbers are rising. The reason? Humans have simply chosen to go more frequently in coastal waters, and not because sharks are hungrier and aggressive.
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  • You might think sharks or on a killing spree, but sharks kill fewer than 20 people a year, while the number of sharks being killed due to fishing are between 20 and 100 million
  • How far can they swim? While researchers have yet to learn further about shark migration, they were able to document a blue shark (Prionace Glauca), tagged off the New York coast and swam across 3,740 nautical miles (6,919km) to Brazil!
  • Over 375 shark species have been identified, but only 6 shark species are actually considered dangerous. Most human attacks are awarded to three of these sharks:  great white (Carcharodon Carcharias), tiger (Galeocerdo Cuvier), and bull (Carcharhinus Leucas).
  • The largest shark is the whale shark (Rhincodon typus), which can grow to 60 feet or 20 meters long. That's half the size of a standard basketball court! This gently giant eats tiny plankton.
  • The smallest shark species meanwhile is the deepwater dogfish shark (Etmopterus Parryi).  Almost always hanging out in the seas of the Carribean, the dogfish measures less than intimidating 8 inches or 20 centimeters in length. How short is that? If you like knives, they are as short as a dagger.
  • Data from the Florida Museum of Natural History's International Shark Attack File estimates that a number of shark populations have decreased 30 to 50%
  • Most shark species are cold blooded and eats meat at about 2% of their body weight each day. Although they are reputed to be eating machines, the amount of food is a whole lot less than what we typically eat.