Facts about Bull SharksBull sharks live in both the
fresh water and salt water found around the world. They seem to be able to live just about anywhere that there
is a deep body water with plenty of fish for them to consume. One of the main locations where they have been
spotted is along the Mississippi River in the United States. They are also found around Nicaragua.
Facts about Bull Sharks
The bull shark is classified as number three on the list of most dangerous sharks in the world when it comes to
attacks on humans. They don’t move very fast but they are certainly able to tackle their prey due to their sheer
strength. They are unpredictable and that is what makes them so dangerous.
It is believed that bull sharks are responsible for almost all of the different shark attacks out there. Yet
other species of sharks are often blamed for it. The person may mistake the look of the shark for some other type.
Since the bull shark moves around so much it may be in an area not known for it so they don’t get held responsible
Bull sharks are extremely territorial which is why they often do attack people. They do migrate to follow the
source of food but if it is plentiful they will remain in a certain area. This is quite unusual for a species of
shark to do as most don’t call any particular part of the water home.
The Foods Bull Sharks Consume
The bull shark has an array of food that it is happy to consume. They include other sharks, fish, turtles, sting
rays, mollusks, and even birds from time to time. They aren’t picky about their diet so they will eat what is
They use an usually method to capture their prey though. It is referred to as the bump and bite techniques. This
involves using their body weight to bump the prey. It disorients them and it can even kill them. This gives the
bull shark an advantage and before the prey can recover it is being eaten.
Anatomy of a Bull Shark
Bull sharks are extremely large both in length and weight. They have quite demeanor about them. They can be
approximately 13 feet in length and up to 1,270 pounds. Females being larger than males. They are gray on the
top and white on the bottom. They also feature two dorsal fins, one that is large and one that much smaller than
Reproduction of Bull Sharks
Other than during the mating process bull sharks are completely on their own. They don’t get along well with
others. The female will carry the young for approximately one year before a live birth. The litter can range
from 4 to 10 pups. The are immediately on their own and separate from each other as soon as they can.
Reproduction with bull sharks doesn’t take place until they are about 10 years of age.
The Future of Bull Sharks
These aggressive types of sharks don’t have too much to fear in the water. Occasionally they have been known to
be eaten by tiger sharks and even great white sharks. They may be a meal for alligators and crocodiles as well
depending on the location. Many hunters fear and despise the bull shark though so they are happy to kill them.
Still, the numbers of bull sharks out there are quite high. Therefore there isn’t much concern right now about
their ability to continue thriving in their natural environment. That is good news too as they don’t seem to do
well at all placed in captivity.