Tweet for sharks

Standard Page - 10 January, 2012
August 4-11 is Shark Week. You're allowed to be excited. If you already like sharks you will doubtless be thrilled that the internet is awash with sharp-finned fun. But if you don't know much about sharks, or are a bit wary because they're scary, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. The truth is, sharks are all kinds of awesome. But don’t take our word for it. Read some amazing shark facts below, then spread the word far and wide on the Twitterverse.


The Dwarf Lantern shark - the smallest species - can fit in a human hand. #savesharks
Think it's important to respect your elders? Ancient sharks existed over 400 million years ago, long before dinosaurs!
A treasure chest, suit of armor, torpedo, wine bottle and half a horse have all been found in the stomachs of tiger sharks.
Of about 400 different types of sharks, more than 80% are smaller than adult humans.
Shark attacks kill between 8-12 people each year. People kill between 20-100 million sharks each year.
Falling coconuts kill 150 people each year, 15 times the number of deaths attributable to sharks.
Some species of shark can live around a year without eating, instead living off oil stores in their bodies.
Peter Benchley, author of the book around which the movie Jaws was based, supported shark conservation.
The Swell shark, a New Zealand native, barks like a dog.
Hammerhead and Tiger Sharks can have as many as 40 babies at a time. You've got to respect that effort!
How considerate! Hammerhead sharks are born with soft heads so as not to jam their mothers’ birth canals.
Did you know: a shark does not have one bone in its body! Shark skeletons are made of cartilage.
A single shark may use as many as 30,000 teeth throughout the course of its life.
Sharks can replace their teeth as often as every nine days.