It’s the most “fin”tastic time of year…Shark Week! Shark Week 2019, opens a new window is July 28–August 4. This annual, week-long event was born in 1988 making it 31 years old and the longest-running cable TV programming event in history.
It’s easy to see why Shark Week is so popular…sharks are amazing and fascinating creatures. There are more than 500 species of sharks ranging from 7 inches to over 39 feet! Some people may find sharks scary, but without them the food chain would collapse.
5 Shark Facts
- Shark skin feels like sandpaper because it is made up of little teeth-like structures known as placoid scales or dermal denticles. They help reduce fiction when the shark is swimming.
- If you flip a shark upside down they go into a trance-like state called tonic immobility. It is often used by researches when handling sharks to subdue them.
- Sharks don’t have bones, their skeleton is made of cartilage. They are a type of fish known as elasmobranch, which also includes rays, skates and sawfish.
- Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the ocean. The largest confirmed whale shark was 62 feet long.
- Scientists hypothesize sharks have been around for around 455 million years, based on fossil scales found in Australia and the U.S.
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