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Shark Facts for Kids
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
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
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:
Sharks were around way before dinosaurs, around 400 million years ago. (The dinosaurs appeared in the Triassic, 245 million years ago).
- Sharks are fish. Some of them are Very BIG fish. Just like other fish, they have gills (some of them have very big gills).
- Sharks come in a range of sizes from the 6 inch as an adult Dwarf Lanternshark to the 40+ft Whale Shark.
- Whereas most fish are bony, sharks have skeletons made from cartilage - like your nose. Cartilage is strong, flexible and light.
- Sharks keep several rows of replacement teeth. When they lose a tooth, another one moves into place.
- 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.
- 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!
Remora or sharksucker fish attach themselves to sharks and hitch a ride and eat their leftovers.
- 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.)
- Megalodon is the biggest prehistoric shark to have been discovered at 60+ feet long.
More Shark Facts
Educational Shark Poster
We love this educational shark poster which will help kids learn to identify a huge variety of species.
What do you think about sharks?
Sharks are mostly:
DK Eyewitness Shark
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!
Shark Fun Links
- Shark Coloring Pages
Lots of shark coloring pages to choose from including cute sharks and realistic sharks.
- Typer Shark
Typer Shark is a great fun game where you're a diver and you have to type the words that appear on sharks before they eat you. Lots of cool features as you progress through the game. There's a free basic online version of Typer Shark.
- Kenny the Shark
Watch selected episodes of the Kenny the Shark cartoon from Discovery Channel.
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
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Great White Shark is registered as an endangered species. Scientists think there may be fewer great white sharks than tigers.
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?
A few of our favourites.
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.
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.