back to top

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?

Posted on
  1. 1. What shark is this?

    This is an easy one.
    Getty / Thurston Photo

    This is an easy one.

    A tiger shark.
    A great white shark.
    A porbeagle.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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?

    Getty
    A tiger shark.
    A reef shark.
    A mako.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's a tiger shark!

    Notable for its striped back, hence the name.

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

    Getty
    Getty
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Look at the little fella with his camouflage patterns.

  4. 4. What is this shark?

    Getty / Rebecca Belleni
    A megamouth shark.
    A whale shark.
    A basking shark.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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?

    A blue shark.
    A thresher shark.
    A porbeagle.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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?

    Via Getty
    Via Getty
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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
    A white-tip reef shark.
    An oceanic white-tip.
    A white-tip weasel shark.
    A white-tip catshark.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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?

    Via Getty
    Via Getty
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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?

    Via Kiwi Flickr / Wikimedia Commons
    Via Kiwi Flickr / Wikimedia Commons
    Via Jim Capaldi / Wikimedia Commons
    Via Jim Capaldi / Wikimedia Commons
    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

    Via OpenCago / Wikimedia Commons
    Via OpenCago / Wikimedia Commons
    Via Brian Gratwicke / Wikimedia Commons
    Via Brian Gratwicke / Wikimedia Commons
    Via Nick Long / WIkimedia Commons
    Via Nick Long / WIkimedia Commons
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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.

This Is The Hardest Shark Quiz You'll Take Today

You do not know sharks. You are not a shark nerd.

In all honesty that's not actually something to be ashamed of, though. Not everyone needs to know the difference between a ventral fin and a clasper. You're OK. Go have fun.

You do not know sharks. You are not a shark nerd.
Take quizzes and chill with the BuzzFeed app.
Get the app
You're not quite a full-on shark nerd, but you know your sharks anyway.

You'd be able to tell a tiger from a great white, and really, who needs to know more than that?

You're not quite a full-on shark nerd, but you know your sharks anyway.
Take quizzes and chill with the BuzzFeed app.
Get the app
Amazing. You are a true shark nerd.

You can spot a wobbegong from a carpet shark; you know which ones give birth to live young. Well done you.

Amazing. You are a true shark nerd.
Take quizzes and chill with the BuzzFeed app.
Get the app
Full marks. You are so good at sharks.

You know your six-gills from your sleepers. You understand the beauty of sharks. God bless you, shark nerd.

Full marks. You are so good at sharks.
Take quizzes and chill with the BuzzFeed app.
Get the app

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.

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.