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This Is The Hardest Shark Quiz You'll Take Today

Sure you might know what a great white looks like, but do you know your sleeper sharks from your Port Jacksons?

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  1. 1. What shark is this?

    Getty / Thurston Photo

    This is an easy one.

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    A tiger shark.
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    A great white shark.
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    A porbeagle.
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    It's a great white shark!

    Also known as the "white pointer". It grows up to 16 feet long.

  2. 2. What shark is this?

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    A tiger shark.
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    A reef shark.
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    A mako.
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    It's a tiger shark!

    Notable for its striped back, hence the name.

  3. 3. Which of these is the Port Jackson shark?

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    Getty
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    Look at the little fella with his camouflage patterns.

  4. 4. What is this shark?

    Getty / Rebecca Belleni
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    A megamouth shark.
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    A whale shark.
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    A basking shark.
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    It's a basking shark!

    The second-largest fish in the world. Often seen in British waters, especially around Cornwall and Scotland. It's a filter-feeder, living on plankton.

  5. 5. What shark is this?

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    A blue shark.
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    A thresher shark.
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    A porbeagle.
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    It's a thresher shark!

    Note the long tail, which it uses to knock its prey unconscious.

  6. 6. Which of these is a grey nurse shark?

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    Via Getty
    Via Getty
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    You can tell by the teeth. They're all over the place.

    Grey nurse sharks are also known as sand tigers, or – revealingly – ragged tooth sharks.

  7. 7. What shark is this?

    Johanlantz / Wikimedia Commons
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    A white-tip reef shark.
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    An oceanic white-tip.
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    A white-tip weasel shark.
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    A white-tip catshark.
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    It's big and slow and cruises around the ocean a lot.

    It's also very endangered, because it's commonly eaten in sharkfin soup.

  8. 8. Which of these is the blue shark?

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    Via Getty
    Via Getty
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    It's a blue shark!

    It's long, slender, and – obviously – blue. Fairly common in British waters.

  9. 9. Which of these is the great hammerhead?

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    Via Kiwi Flickr / Wikimedia Commons
    Via Kiwi Flickr / Wikimedia Commons
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    Via Jim Capaldi / Wikimedia Commons
    Via Jim Capaldi / Wikimedia Commons
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    It's the one on the right.

    The great hammerhead has a straight "hammer" – the scalloped hammerhead, on the left, has a slightly curved one.

  10. 10. What's one of these, then?

    Getty / Shalamov
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    A bronze whaler.
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    A megamouth shark.
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    A whale shark.
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    A Greenland shark.
  11. 11. Which of these isn't actually a shark?

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    Via OpenCago / Wikimedia Commons
    Via OpenCago / Wikimedia Commons
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    Via Brian Gratwicke / Wikimedia Commons
    Via Brian Gratwicke / Wikimedia Commons
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    Via Nick Long / WIkimedia Commons
    Via Nick Long / WIkimedia Commons
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    It's a shovelnose ray, or guitarfish.

    Which is a kind of ray, obviously. The others are a sawshark (top left), an angel shark (bottom left) and a catshark.

CORRECTION

The top-left image in the final question depicts a Japanese sawshark. An earlier version of this piece showed a sawfish, which is a kind of ray, revealing the author of this piece not to be as much of a shark geek as he thought.

Tom Chivers is a science writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

Contact Tom Chivers at tom.chivers@buzzfeed.com.

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