Today we are sharing some awesome cool shark facts your kids will LOVE. With shark week looming Summer is a fantastic time to get the kids learning about and loving sharks. Sharks are such fascinating creatures and so varied!
It’s hard to fathom but humans kill more than 100 million sharks every year! That’s why it’s so important we teach kids about sharks. Our planet and future generations will be all the better for it.
These cool shark facts are a great way to open up conversations with your kids about why sharks are so important to our planet. You can find more information about the role of sharks in our ecosystem at Oceana.
Before you sink your jaws into these cool shark facts for kids why not take a peek at some of our other ocean crafts too? We love these Chomping Shark Puppets, delicious Oreo Shark Treats and Animated Swimming Mermaids.
Cool Shark Facts Kids Will Love
1 – The fear of sharks is called Galeophobia.
2 – There isn’t much to fear though. It’s far more likely that you’ll get hurt by a toilet than by a shark. In 1996, toilets injured 43,000 Americans. Guess how many people were injured by sharks that year? Only 13.
3 – Sharks constantly shed and replace their teeth. Over its lifetime, a shark may lose up to 30,000 of its pearly whites.
4 – Sharks don’t chew their food. They swallow it whole. Some sharks can go a month or more without eating!
5 – Since dentists don’t live in the water, it’s probably a very good thing that sharks don’t get cavities. Their teeth are covered in fluoride.
6 – Tiger Sharks will eat just about anything. Some have been found with license plates and old tires in their stomachs.
7 – Don’t be fooled because you can’t see a shark’s ears. A yummy-hum is a low-pitched sound sharks hear that helps them find food. They can even hear an injured fish from as far away as the length of 2 football fields.
8 – Everyone poops – even sharks!
9 – Blue Sharks don’t seem to know when to quit. They’ll pig out until they throw up – and then they’ll start eating again. They can’t seem to help themselves!
10 – The Greenland Shark is the longest-living vertebrate on Earth. There are some in the ocean today that were swimming around before the United States was a country.
11 – Sharks come in all shapes and sizes and there are at least 500 different species.
12- The Whale Shark is the largest shark in the ocean and is about the length of a school bus. They are called gentle giants and divers often swim with them. Whale Sharks swim close to the surface of the water with their mouths open to catch plankton.
13 – The exact opposite is the Dwarf Lantern Shark. It’s tummy lights up and it’s so small it could fit in your hand. It only grows to about 6-8 inches long!