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Of the roughly 50 shark attacks reported every year, what percentage is actually fatal?
Only 10%. Dying from a shark attack is very rare simply because sharks don’t really want to eat humans. Most shark bites aren’t followed by a second bite.
How many tons of meat does the average adult great white have to eat every year?
11 Tons! To sustain their massive size, body heat and constant movement, great whites must eat an average of 11 tons of meat each year.
This species of shark loves fresh water:
Bull shark! A bull shark is one of a few shark species that can survive in both salt and fresh water. Most sharks would fill up like a water balloon in a lake or river.
Humans kill up to 1 million sharks each year. True or false?
False. A million sharks doesn’t even scratch the surface. It’s estimated that humans kill about 100 million sharks annually – a number that is far from sustainable.
How many species of shark are known to attack humans?
23. Of the more than 400 known species of shark, only 23 of them have ever attacked a human without being provoked first.
A great white shark’s bite is more powerful than a lion’s.
True. At up to 40,000 pounds per square inch of pressure, a large great white shark’s bite is twice as powerful as a lion’s.