Types of Sharks
Types of Sharks
There are many species of sharks found in the oceans around the world.
Some of them are very big while others are quite small. Some of them are to be feared while others mind their own
business and they are very calm. You may be surprised to learn some of the largest species of sharks in the ocean
are the nicest ones to encounter.
This information will help you identify some of the common species of sharks.
There are 440 different species of sharks in the world today classified into eight different orders described
below with some examples of known sharks species for each group.
Some of the most popular species of sharks are:
Characteristics of some Types of Sharks
One of the most unusual types of sharks our there are know as angel sharks. Many people mistake them for some other
types of sea creature. It isn’t uncommon for them to be thought of as large stingrays. But the simplest way to tell
them apart is by looking at the location of the fins. On the angel shark, they won’t be on the head.
This type of shark isn’t a meat eater. Instead it focuses on what it can find along the bottom of the ocean.
Clams and mollusks often are a big part of their overall diet.
The coloring of angel sharks allow them to blend in well with the bottom of the ocean though so they often go
Another unique type of shark is the Hammerhead Shark. It has a long head that looks like they ends of a hammer
on both sides of it.
Many people are afraid of it due to the way that it looks. Yet it is very unlikely that they will attack a person.
Nine hammerhead species are generally recognized but only three types can be dangerous to humans.
Hammerhead Sharks have a very developed sense of smell though and they will go on the hunt for prey in the ocean
very aggressively. Read the complete Fact Sheet about the Hammerhead
Reef sharks seem to be able to adapt to life just about anywhere including captivity. They are loners and very
seldom interact with other sharks unless it is time for breeding.
Reef Sharks can grow up to six feet long and they have very distinct features. They are gray in color on the top.
Underneath they are all white or they have streaks of white. The tips of their fins are black.
All sharks swim very fast, but the blue shark is one of the fastest species.
Blue Sharks often look hungry due to the thin body they have. However, they are slender by nature and it has
nothing to do with the amount of food they eat. Due to the roundness of most other types of sharks though they do
seem quite on the thin side. They aren’t picky at all about what they will eat though so they never go hungry.
The blue shark is considered to be one of the most dangerous sharks in the waters. It has been known to attack
people, which makes it one of species of shark that people most fear.
Blue sharks can grow up to 12 feet long so this is no small shark to be trying to get away from. Due to the speed
and the strength of it very few of its prey have a chance of survival. Read the Blue
Shark Fact Sheet
Great White Shark
Probably the best known species of shark is the great white. This is believed to be the most dangerous type of
shark in the world. People have been able to see them as they are among the rare species that do raise their heads
out of the water.
Great white sharks can grow up to 16 feet and weight around 1,500-2,400 pounds. Some have been known to
weigh around 4,000 pounds but that isn’t the norm.
More people have been attacked by great white sharks than any other shark species. Locations where they are
living have been identified and people are encouraged to stay away from them. Even so, swimmers, surfers, and
divers have had numerous encounters with them. Read the Great White Shark
While all sharks have similarities including they way their bodies are formed they also have many differences. Now
that you are aware of some of the different types of sharks out there you can look into those that capture your
attention in more detail. Sharks are very interesting and you will find there is an abundance of information out
there to explore.
||Cow shark, Frilled shark
||Bramble shark, Dogfish and Roughshark, Rrickly shark
||Bullhead Shark or Horn Shark
||Carpet shark, Zebra shark, Nurse shark, Wobbegong, Whale shark
||Blue Shark, Tiger Shark, Bull Shark, Grey Reef Shark, Blacktip Reef Shark, Caribbean
Reef Shark, Blacktail Reef Shark, Whitetip Reef Sahrk, Oceanic Whitetip Shark, Hound Shark,
Catshark, Hammerhead Shark
||Mackerel shark, Goblin shark, Basking shark, Megamouth shark, Thresher sharks,
Shortfin and Longfin Mako sharks, Great White shark
Physical Characteristics of Each Group