Movies like Jaws have given people the impression that sharks kill people without thought. This is false. Sharks are more curious than anything. Most of the time, sharks bite people once and let go. This is called “sample biting.” This is a way for sharks to identify what they are attacking. In addition, people are more of a threat to sharks than sharks are to people.
You may be asking, “Why do sharks have to bite to know what’s in their mouths?” They do this because they cannot see very well due to protective film over their eyes. This film keeps …show more content…
Some, like the whale shark, eat plankton and krill. Most sharks eat injured or dead fish, and it is rare that sharks eat people. You have a greater chance to be killed by bees or struck by lightning than to be killed by a shark.
In addition, people are more of a threat to sharks than sharks are to people. Most often, sharks are hunted for their fins to make shark fin soup. When they are hunted, most times the rest of the shark is discarded. While some sharks eat smaller sharks or young sharks, called “pups”, people are more dangerous than this. To help prevent the hunting of these creatures, it is now illegal to hunt great white sharks along the coast of Florida.
When most people think of a shark, they most likely think of a big fish with sharp teeth and a dorsal fin sticking out of the water. However, sharks come in many different shapes and sizes. From the smallest shark, the dwarf lanternshark, to the largest, the whale shark. The dwarf, measuring on average at 5 inches in length, eats krill. It attracts prey with tactics similar to angler fish, emitting light from its body to lure them towards it. The whale shark also eats krill and zooplankton, even though it is by far the largest shark known to us. It measures an average of 40 feet in length. It filter feeds, similar to whales that they are named