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12 Fun Trivia Facts to Celebrate Shark Week – Quiz

Since 1988, viewers have been treated to week long programming devoted to sharks on Discovery Channel‘s annual Shark Week. While some may celebrate by binging on any and all fin-related TV, we thought we could test your knowledge with this shark trivia quiz. Sharks are popular for their strength and hunting abilities, but keep in mind that they are animals hunting for food and not typically interested in attacking humans. In fact, the number of sharks killed by humans far exceeds that of humans killed by sharks. Some estimate that humans kill 100 million sharks every year, while there were just four fatal shark attacks reported in 2016.

Test your knowledge on sharks by answering the 12 questions below. Click on “Answer” to see the correct response and to learn more.

What is the fastest shark? (They can swim more than 50 miles per hour.)

Which sharks don’t need salt water to survive? (There are two.)

Bull Shark & River Shark (Learn more about sharks’ habitats)

Which kind of shark is most likely to be found in a large group? (Think tools.)

What is the biggest shark? (Don’t worry, they don’t attack humans.)

What is the (assumed to be) smallest? (What do you use to see in the dark?)

How many species of sharks are known? (If you learned about one a day for a year, you’d need more time.)

More than 440

What is the oldest shark fossil to be found? (Also known as the Devonian Period.)

409 million years ago (Learn more)

How many of the oceans can sharks be found in? (The oceans: the Artcic, the Indian, the Pacifc and the Atlantic.)

All of them

Which shark has been found in the deepest water? (Can be found at depths up to 8,920 feet!)

Other than sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing, what can sharks also sense? (There are more than just ocean currents.)

What cleaning compound can be found in shark teeth?  (Dentists would approve.)

What is the scariest looking shark? (in my opinion) (It sounds scary. Terrifying!)

For more shark facts and trivia head to Discovery Channel’s Sharkopedia.

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Peter Spain is a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff and a manager at K12. A graduate from George Mason University, Peter has worked for several years in the education and entertainment industry. He strives to make learning fun for children by contributing to the games and activities section of the site, and keeping an eye out for advancements in edutainment.

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