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Shark Facts for Kids

Updated on September 8, 2014

Information about Sharks for Kids

Top 10 Shark Facts for Kids This resource teaches kids about Sharks through fun facts and pictures, videos and a quick quiz to see if you were paying attention! Sharks are fascinating sea creatures so there's lots to learn.

We've included our top picks for Shark books and Shark toys too.

By popular demand, I've added some Great White Shark Facts for Kids.

Don't forget to vote in the Best Shark Poll

Build the Shark Activity Book - New for 2013

Build the Shark (Build It)
Build the Shark (Build It)

A hands-on educational kit for kids. Build a shark model from slotted pieces and find out lots of shark facts. Age 6+.

 

Facts about Sharks for Kids

Shark Facts

Shark Facts
Shark Facts

Top 10 Shark Facts - What every kid should know about sharks

Why do kids love sharks? Well apart from them being big and scary, sharks are fascinating creatures. Here are our top ten interesting and important facts about sharks:

  1. Sharks were around way before dinosaurs, around 400 million years ago. (The dinosaurs appeared in the Triassic, 245 million years ago).

  2. Sharks are fish. Some of them are Very BIG fish. Just like other fish, they have gills (some of them have very big gills).
  3. Sharks come in a range of sizes from the 6 inch as an adult Dwarf Lanternshark to the 40+ft Whale Shark.
  4. Whereas most fish are bony, sharks have skeletons made from cartilage - like your nose. Cartilage is strong, flexible and light.
  5. Sharks keep several rows of replacement teeth. When they lose a tooth, another one moves into place.
  6. Most sharks are cold-blooded like other fish. But some sharks like the Great White are warm-blooded, like humans and other mammals - they can regulate their temperature.
  7. Baby sharks are called pups. Some sharks lay eggs. Other sharks keep their eggs inside. And yet other sharks grow baby pups inside them, more like mammals. Wow all sharks are not the same!
  8. Remora or sharksucker fish attach themselves to sharks and hitch a ride and eat their leftovers.

  9. Sharks are fish so they have tail fins which move from side to side. Unlike Whales which are mammals which have flukes which move up and down. (My 4 year old son told me this when I was trying to tell which of his toys were sharks.)
  10. Megalodon is the biggest prehistoric shark to have been discovered at 60+ feet long.

Educational Shark Poster

Sharks Underwater Educational Chart Poster - 24x36 Education Poster Print, 36x24
Sharks Underwater Educational Chart Poster - 24x36 Education Poster Print, 36x24

We love this educational shark poster which will help kids learn to identify a huge variety of species.

 

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DK Eyewitness Shark

Shark (DK Eyewitness Books)
Shark (DK Eyewitness Books)

My older son has lots of these DK Eyewitness guides. They are excellent. Packed with pictures and loads of facts. He loves sharks because they were around at the same time as the dinosaurs!

 

Great White Shark Facts for Kids

The Great White Shark is a favorite with children. Here are some of our favorite great white shark facts for kids.

Reference: Great White Shark on wikipedia

  1. Great white sharks can get big! That's one of the reasons they are so interesting. Some great whites have been found to grow over 20 feet or 6m long! Find out how long the room you're in is - would a great white fit in? The room I'm in at the moment is under 20 feet long, but I could fit a great white in, if I had his tail sticking out into the conservatory. (I'm not planning to try this.)
  2. The great white shark is warm-blooded, or endothermic. This means it controls its own body temperature internally rather than being fully dependent on the temperature of its surroundings. This is very unusual for a fish and not many sharks have this characteristic. You can use this fact to catch people our in guessing games like animal, mineral, vegetable. People will expect a warm-blooded creature to be a mammal.
  3. Great white sharks don't lay eggs externally, they stay inside the mother. Great white shark pups hatch inside their mother. Shark pups engage in intrauterine-cannibalism - yeah the stronger ones eat the weaker ones before they are born.
  4. Great white sharks are found in locations all round the world. Including South Africa, America, Japan, Australia and the Mediterranean. The movement patterns of great white sharks are still being studied, but some tagged great whites have covered large distances such as swimming between South Africa and Australia.
  5. The Great White Shark is registered as an endangered species. Scientists think there may be fewer great white sharks than tigers.

Shark Videos

Shark Videos - Facts - Learn about sharks

Top 5 Shark Facts on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. How to make friends with a Shark from Discovery. Kids in a Shark Cage!

Which Shark do You Like Best?

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Shark Gifts

A few of our favourites.

4D Vision Great White Shark Anatomy Model

4D Vision Great White Shark Anatomy Model
4D Vision Great White Shark Anatomy Model

A popular and educational toy for young shark fans. Gets good reviews. This is definitely going on my son's birthday list.

 

Shark Quiz

Bonus Fact: Why are Sharks called Sharks?

Where does the word Shark come from?

The first recorded usage of the word Shark is by Capt John Hawkins in 1560s. See Shark Etymology. Its origin is uncertain.

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a really cool site! lots and lots of shark facts galore. If you want to know more about sharks check out these books http://www.mileskelly.net/?s=sharks lots of great books at discounted prices

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Very interesting. Thanks for teaching me some new facts about sharks. Nicely done!

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      bernie74 lm 6 years ago

      What a great lens, my kids love shark facts they are always telling me new and interesting facts that they find out on birds and animals etc thanks for sharing

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      BryanLSC 5 years ago

      Wow, great lens! Very nice job! I love all the facts you've provided and how they're organized! Love this lens!

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Fantastic page about sharks, love your intro image composition! Blessed

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      ThomasJ4 LM 5 years ago

      Cool shark facts, I got 100% on your quiz! Thanks for sharing

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      MagpieNest 5 years ago

      @ThomasJ4 LM: I wouldn't expect anything less of you :-)

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      Pirobo 5 years ago

      Love sharks, alhough I wouldn´t want to swim with one. It was thought that sharks didn´t sleep as they would drown (they have to keep moving so water enters their gills). Then they found a shark cave (I think it was Jacques Cousteau) where large numbers gathered together to sleep. What happened was they lay there, facing an underwater current, opened their mouths and fell asleep.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful! I will definitely share this amazing lens with my friends. Two thumbs up! Squid-liked it.

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      I like sharks. But in the water... ahh!

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      I like sharks. But in the water... ahh!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      dom2 5 years ago

      Nice.

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      PopcornThomas 5 years ago

      LOVE sharks! I have since I was a kid, and this is a great resource for parents who have kids as interested as I was.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens. I like it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      WebWriteGirl LM 4 years ago

      definitely! i really like that shark plush

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      MythYes 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed the movie Jaws about great white shark.

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      razelle09 3 years ago

      yeah, just acquired information about them through this lens

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      LluviaDeArte 3 years ago

      Thank you so much, yes,very much so. We had been looking for shark information for a curious 6 year old, now I have it. Thank you so much, what a thoughtful lens.

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