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Shark Coloring Pages
Shark Coloring Pages and Facts for Kids
On this page you'll find some shark coloring pages which I have created. Some of them are based on the public domain pictures from Northeast Fisheries Science Center. I have included different shark species. You'll find the great white shark, the tiger shark, the whale shark and more. I am also including some shark facts and a cartoon shark coloring sheet just for fun. Just click on the pictures to see the enlarged version.
So grab your goggles and your coloring pencils or crayons and print out your favorite picture.
Just be careful of the teeth ....
Shark picture modified from clker
Sharks of the World Coloring Book
25 different species of shark: including the cow shark, goblin shark, horn shark, megamouth shark, thresher shark, blue shark, bull shark, mako shark, nurse shark, basking shark, tiger shark and more!
How deep do sharks live?
Most like swimming near the surface of the water (in the well-lit zone), but only a few, like the goblin shark, prefer to inhabit deep water (330-2300 ft or 100-700 m).
Color: light pink / gray on top, paler underneath
How many people are killed by sharks?
It is estimated that between 100 and 1000 people die from shark attacks each year.
Thirteen times more males are attacked than females, maybe because males are more likely to swim in deep water than females and because more men than women surf. Form underneath, the silhouette of a person on a surfboard looks very much like the silhouette of a seal.
Color: gray to black on top, white underneath
Do sharks have scales?
No. They have "dermal denticles", which are like small, hard skin teeth. As the animal grow, the denticles are shed and larger ones take their place.
Color: light gray / dark brown / olive green on top, white underneath
Do they ever get a tooth ache?
Sharks' teeth are arranged in rows, usually six or more rows deep. This means that when a tooth gets damaged or blunt, it falls out, and one from behind slips forward to take its place. There are new teeth constantly developing in their mouths.
What do they eat?
All sharks are carnivores (meat eaters). Some, such as the whale shark, are filter feeders, eating small and microscopic creatures, called plankton, which float around on the ocean currents
Most eat small fish and invertebrates.
Some hunt large animals, such as seals, whales, or even other sharks.
Color: dark gray-brown with white or yellow spots and stripes on top, white underneath
How many sharks are killed by humans each year?
People kill up to about 100 million sharks every year. Many are killed because they get caught in fishing nets, and because they can't swim backwards to get out of the net they drown because they need to keep moving to have water passing over their gills.
Some are killed for their fins to make shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy.
Color: sandy brown, reddish-brown, green-brown, or dark brown, with a motley pattern
Just for Fun
Click to enlarge
Above picture modified from pdclipart
What are baby sharks called?
In some species the female lays eggs (like most fish), but in other species the babies develop inside the mother and the pups are born live - tail first.