Aug 03

Take a Bite Out of These Shark Facts

by Staff

Shark Encounter at SeaWorld

It's Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, so take a bite out of some of these shark tidbits:

  • Sharks have been around for about 400 million years.
  • Even before dinosaurs roamed the earth, sharks hunted through the oceans. They're such good survivors that they've had little need to evolve in the last 150 million years.
  • A shark may grow and use over 20,000 teeth in its lifetime.
  • Almost all sharks are "carnivores" or meat eaters. They live on a diet of fish and sea mammals (like dolphins and seals) and even such prey as turtles and seagulls.
  • Guests to SeaWorld Orlando and San Diego can experience Shark Encounter. A 60-foot shark tunnel supports the pressure of more than 500 tons of water, and is home to eleven different species of sharks, including brown sharks, nurse sharks and sandtiger sharks.
  • SeaWorld San Antonio is home to Sharks / The Coral Reef. This multi-aquarium experience will bring you face-to-tooth with some of the ocean's mysterious creatures and coral reef settings.
  • The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund (SWBGCF) supports projects to protect sharks around the world, including studies on the migration patterns, population status, sizes, and age/genders of these mysterious sharks. Learn more at:
  • SeaWorld and the Hubbs/SeaWorld Research Institute study sharks and educates the public on their vital role in the ocean environment.
  • Sharks are found in all of the world's oceans, including the Antarctic and Arctic.
  • Sharks have starred in many movie roles; the most famous was 1975's blockbuster hit Jaws.