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Shark Pictures and Facts

Updated on January 6, 2015

Shark Pictures and Facts for Kids

On this page you'll find a great collection of shark pictures and shark facts. I have included the great white shark, the tiger shark, the whale shark and more.

My fascination with the ocean and sealife (including sharks) began when I saw the movie Jaws. (Oops. Have I given away my age? Did I say I was young when I saw that movie? Very young...) Hope you enjoy looking at these shark pictures as much as I have enjoyed collating them for you.

Great white shark picture

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Bull Sharks

Bull Shark Facts

Bull Shark Facts
Bull Shark Facts

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Scientific Name

Carcharhinus leucas

Length

Up to 11ft (3.4m)

Weight

510lb (230kg) or more

Distribution

Coastal tropical, subtropical waters worldwide including rivers

Status

Lower risk


Bull sharks live in shallow waters so because of their aggressive and unpredictable nature, they can be very dangerous for people. They can also tolerate fresh water and travel up rivers. It has been found 1870 miles (3000km) up the Amazon River. It eats a wide variety of other creatures including bony fish, invertebrates, mammals, other fish and even young bull sharks.

Great White Sharks

Great White Shark Facts - White shark, white pointer

Great White Shark Facts
Great White Shark Facts

Scientific Name

Carcharodon carcharias

Length

Up to 24 ft (7.2m)

Weight

Over 3.5 tons (3.4 tonnes)

Depth

0-4,300 ft (1,300m)

Distribution

Most oceans except the polar regions


Also known as the white pointer, the great white shark is a formidable predator, eating creatures ranging from small fish to penguins to seals. The great white shark is responsible for more unprovoked attacks on people than any other shark, although this is likely to be just a case of mistaken identity. The great white shark has a very efficient metabolism allowing it to swim faster and further than other sharks. It can also leap out of the water.

Hammerhead Sharks

Hammer Head Shark Facts

Hammer Head Shark Facts
Hammer Head Shark Facts

Scientific Name

Sphyrna zygaena (one of nine species)

Length

Up to 13ft (4m)

Weight

UUp to 880lb (400kg)

Depth

Often seen on the surface

Distribution

Coastal tropical, subtropical and temperate worldwide


You can easily recognise a hammerhead shark by the unusual shape of its head with its eyes at the ends of the wide head. This positioning of the eyes probably helps the shark have better vision. The hammerhead shark has an unpredictable temperament and will sometimes attack people. Its diet includes a wide variety of fish including other sharks. Hammerheads will often swim in schools.

Mako Shark

Mako Shark Facts

Mako Shark Facts
Mako Shark Facts

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Scientific Name

Isurus oxyrinchus (Shortfin mako shark)

Length

Up to 13ft (4m)

Weight

1260lb (570kg) or more

Distribution

Temperate and tropical waters woldwide

Status

Lower risk


Tiger Sharks

Tiger Shark Facts

Tiger Shark Facts
Tiger Shark Facts

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Scientific Name

Galeocerdo cuvier

Length

18-25ft (5.5-7.5m

Weight

1990lb (900kg) or more

Distribution

Tropical, and warm temperate waters worldwide

Status

Lower risk


The tiger shark is a very dangerous shark, known to attack people. It usually hunts at night, often coming closer to shore, eating fish, marine reptiles and mammals but also carrion and even rubbish. The tiger shark is ovoviviparous, meaning the baby shark embryos develop inside eggs which remain in the mother until they hatch. Then the baby tiger sharks are born live.

Whale Sharks

Whale Shark Facts

Whale Shark Facts
Whale Shark Facts

Scientific Name

Rhincodon typus

Length

up to 40-65ft (12-20m)

Weight

Over 11 tons (12 tonnes) up to 44 tons (40 tonnes)

Depth

Surface. Deep in winter.

Distribution

Temperate and tropical regions


The whale shark is the largest fish in the world but it is a filter feeder, eating only plankton and small fish. They are gentle giants, allowing divers to swim with them, holding onto their fins. The white spots on the whale shark's skin are unique, like finger prints, allowing scientists to identify different individuals. Whale sharks give birth to live young after the eggs hatch inside the mother's body.

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Wobbegong Sharks

Wobbegong Shark Facts - Carpet Shark

Scientific Name

Orectolobus maculatus (spotted wobbegong) (one of 11 species)

Length

6-10ft (1.8-3.2m) other species 4ft (1m)

Distribution

Shallow waters around Australia, China, Indonesia and Japan

Status

Common


The wobbegong is a slow-moving shark, dwelling in shallow water. It rests on the sea floor, well camouflaged with the markings on its skin, and ambushes animals that come close. The wobbegong also has weed-like tassels around its mouth which it can use to lure crabs, octopuses and fish right to its mouth. These sharks are not considered dangerous, but they can inflict serious injuries if stepped upon or provoked.

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    • DonMiguel1 profile image

      DonMiguel1 4 years ago

      I love sharks!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sharks are amazing creatures! I love them

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @TheLastResort LM: I second that. I once saw young tiger sharks feed! Scary!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Yikes. I waded in very cloudy shallow seawater in Australia and the Caribbean a couple of time. I found it very scary not knowing what was underfoot. If I'd realised the Wobbegong was likely to be lurking I would't ave risked it. I think I prefer my seawater nice and clear, so I can see what lurks beneath. My husband once stroked a nurse shark! This is an interesting lens.

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      pinoyrecipe 4 years ago

      i love them, i do usually read facts about sharks and watch videos regarding them

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      there some dangerous fish

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      webscan 4 years ago

      I steer clear of sharks. Do they eat squids too?

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      TheLastResort LM 5 years ago

      Great lens, but I disagree about tiger sharks being 'lower risk' - they are extremely dangerous, almost at the level of the great white shark.

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      Sharks are amazing forces of nature. The more I learn about them the more I appreciate them.

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      webupsquid 6 years ago

      Been shark diving 6 times in South Africa. Looked eye to eye with some big great whites, amazing experience. They are not the ruthless killers everyone thinks they are. Very cautious and graceful.

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      geendayrox 6 years ago

      I also find the marine life fascinating and sharks are my favorite!!!:D

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      dannygator7790 6 years ago

      Sharks are such awesome creatures, this is a great compilation of the different species with some really cool pictures and facts.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful presentation on sharks, I love them too....at a distance. I wasn't aware there were so many types. You probably have more of them in your neck of the woods...no sharks in Minnesota or North Dakota! Always a delight!

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      MissPuppy 7 years ago

      Nice lens. Good job. Sharks are really amazing creations.

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      inkserotica 7 years ago

      I love sharks; they're fascinating and efficient predators :) Love the images :) They really make this lens stand out!