Shark Pictures and Facts
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.
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Bull Shark Facts
Up to 11ft (3.4m)
510lb (230kg) or more
Coastal tropical, subtropical waters worldwide including rivers
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
Up to 24 ft (7.2m)
Over 3.5 tons (3.4 tonnes)
0-4,300 ft (1,300m)
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.
Hammer Head Shark Facts
Sphyrna zygaena (one of nine species)
Up to 13ft (4m)
UUp to 880lb (400kg)
Often seen on the surface
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 Facts
Tiger Shark Facts
1990lb (900kg) or more
Tropical, and warm temperate waters worldwide
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 Shark Facts
up to 40-65ft (12-20m)
Over 11 tons (12 tonnes) up to 44 tons (40 tonnes)
Surface. Deep in winter.
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.
Whale Sharks Video - What do whale sharks eat?
Wobbegong Shark Facts - Carpet Shark
Orectolobus maculatus (spotted wobbegong) (one of 11 species)
6-10ft (1.8-3.2m) other species 4ft (1m)
Shallow waters around Australia, China, Indonesia and Japan
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.