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12 Things Sharks Do Better Than Everyone Else

They're the coolest fish on earth. Sharks are coming to Brooklyn in 2016. Become a part of New York history and help build the new virtual shimmer wall at the New York Aquarium today!

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1. Sharks are straight-up great at existing! They've been swimming on our planet for almost 400 MILLION years.

2. Some sharks are real good at being BIG. The whale shark is the largest fish on the entire planet.

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They also have specific spots around their gills, kind of like a human fingerprint, that helps researchers identify them individually, and can live up to 150 years!

3. Look at those choppers! You'll only grow about 52 teeth during your lifetime. A shark may grow over 20,000 throughout theirs.

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Good thing they'll never have to worry about dentures!

4. Who can eat more annually without worrying about their figure than sharks? Great whites chow down and eat 11 tons of food every year.

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Just to compare, people on land eat half a ton per year.

5. Basking sharks are basically living vacuums that never have to worry about spoiling their appetite. They're able to suck in "more than 10,000 quarts of plankton-filled water in one hour."

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That's like drinking over 9,000 bottles of soda in ONE HOUR. Can you even imagine?!

6. Get a whiff of this — sharks are the top sniffers in the ocean.

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They can smell a drop of blood in the water from a mile away.

7. Hammerhead sharks can see (almost) ev-er-y-thang better than anything else underwater, without the use of any kind of glasses.

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These sharks can see just about 360 degrees around their body, with only two blind spots (in front of their snout and behind their head).

8. Whoa, baby! A frilled shark can handle being pregnant for up to 3.5 years, which is insane and deserves some recognition, because if it took that long to hatch a baby, a lot less people would probably be born.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Suddenly nine months of human pregnancy doesn't sound that bad, right?

9. Sharks don't have bones, which means they have more courage than anyone else, despite being spineless

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Their skeletons are made of cartilage, which means they never have to worry about breaking a body part!

10. Sharks can adapt like, really, really well.

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They can live in all sorts of temperatures and depths. The bull shark can even "swim in salt, fresh, and brackish waters." So take that, people who are scared of change!

11. These guys have superpowers that mutants would be jealous of.

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Sharks have electroreception, which allows them to notice changes in saltwater electricity conduction. If that's not enough, certain species can even glow in the dark, and others can heat their own eyeballs.

12. Ain't no bite like a shark bite, ’cause a shark bite is the strongest!

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They "can generate up to 40,000 pounds per square inch of pressure in a single bite." That's twice as powerful as a lion — the so-called "king of the animal kingdom."

But sadly, there’s one thing sharks don’t do better — they can’t recover quickly enough from human impacts and overfishing.

Make history by contributing to the virtual shimmer wall at the New York Aquarium, and get ready to take a bite out of this new shark experience!

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