Bull Shark Facts
Five groups that classify all living things
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
A group of animals within a pylum
A group of animals within a class
A group of animals within an order
A group of animals within a family
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
|2.1m - 3.5m (7ft - 11.5ft)|
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
|90kg - 230kg (200lbs - 500lbs)|
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
How long the animal lives for
|16 - 25 years|
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
The protective layer of the animal
The specific area where the animal lives
|Shallow and tropical waters|
|Average Litter Size:|
The average number of babies born at once
|Main Prey:||Fish, Sharks, Stingray|
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
|Human, Tiger sharks|
Characteristics unique to the animal
|Flat, rounded snout and two dorsal fins|
Bull Shark Location
Bull SharkBull sharks are mainly found in the warmer and shallower coastal waters of the southern hemisphere. The bull shark is one of the most common species of shark found worldwide.
The bull shark is able to inhabit both salt and freshwater sources just as happily, with one bull shark known to have swum 4,000 km up the Amazon River in South America, finally ending up in the mountainous Peru.
The bull shark is well known for its unpredictable and aggressive temperament and is thought to be one of the most dangerous sharks towards humans. This is probably because the bull inhabits coastal waters and rivers and is therefore more likely to come into contact with swimmers and water sports enthusiasts.
The bull shark is an effective and dominant predator in its environment and so has no real natural predator itself. Bull sharks are occasionally hunted by the bigger shark species such as the tiger shark and the infamous great white shark.
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First Published: 1st December 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]
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