9 Mind-Blowing Shark Facts To Rev You Up For Shark Week

You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

1. Cookiecutter sharks are so named because they form suction cups with their mouths and gouge perfectly round holes out of their prey.

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2. As great white sharks age, they turn from faster prey like squid and fish, to larger, slower animals such as seals, walruses, whale cadavers… and you!

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3. Great whites also have “ampullae of Lorenzini,” which allows them to detect weak electrical signals from the heartbeats and gills of potential prey.

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4. Though scary, sharks are spineless. Their entire bodies are made out of cartilage!

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5. Before Jaws, there was Shark!, starring Burt Reynolds. Someone decided it was a great idea to use live sharks during filming, and one stuntman was killed.

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6. The first nurse shark pup to develop during reproduction devours its brothers and sisters as they hatch. Sibling rivalry at it’s most terrifying.

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7. Most shark attacks occur in less than six feet of water.

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8. Some female sharks can retain sperm to impregnate themselves for the next time they’re fertile. Girl power!

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9. Pygmy sharks may be tiny (only eight inches!) but they can make their own light!

The glow from tail to snout as a means of camouflage.

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So, who’s ready for Shark Week?!

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