The Most Shocking Sharks on Instagram

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Published: September 26, 2022
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From the ferocious Great White Sharks along the Australian coast to the Lemon Shark near Florida with a zesty attitude, these oceanic creatures are feared by thousands. If you love movies like Jaws, 47 Meters Down, or Deep Blue Sea, you’re in the right place. We’ve found the most interesting and shocking sharks that the internet has to offer! 

1. Smile for the Camera

A great white shark, like all other sharks, can have up to 3,000 teeth at once, arranged in five rows. The largest and most frequently used set of teeth is at the front. The great white shark can develop and use more than 20,000 teeth over its lifetime.

2. Water Leopards

Between Oregon and the Gulf of Mexico, a small region of the Pacific Ocean’s ocean and inlet zones is home to leopard sharks. They are among the shark species that are most frequently encountered in California. The fins and top body of these sharks are covered in dark saddle-shaped speckles.

3. Human Lunch

This hilarious meme in a comic strip format shows just how cheeky sharks can be. The last thing you want to be is a shark’s meal and surprisingly enough, they generally don’t like eating humans and do it as a last resort. 

4. Behind the Scenes 

Robert Shaw, who played Quint in the film Jaws, may be seen here standing next to Bruce the shark as they wait for Steven Spielberg to give them instructions. The animatronic shark looks as if it’s smiling for a picture! 

5. Graceful Blues 

Inquisitive open-ocean predators known as blue sharks can be found all throughout the world’s oceans, from tropical to chilly temperate seas. They are actually a pelagic species since they spend the majority of their time away from the coast. The common name refers to the shark’s unusually blue skin color among sharks.

6. Binocular Vision

Hammerhead sharks are among the aquatic life that is most easily recognized, and they have long been the focus of debate and awe. The cephalofoil gives the hammerhead group its characteristic form as well as very efficient binocular vision and superb depth perception.

7. Someone Call the Babysitter

Divers have been contacted extremely near by numerous of these curious gray reef sharks in less populated locations, especially when they first enter the water. In the clear blue sea, this mother is encircled by her nursery.

8. Ocean Feline

Any number of distinct species in the Scyliorhinidae family are referred to as cat sharks. In total, scientists count at least 160 distinct species belonging to the family! Smaller species typically eat invertebrates like crabs, squid, and small fish. The jaws of larger species can accommodate bigger fish and other prey.

9. Breaching the Surface

A great white shark will penetrate the surface of the water in order to capture seals or other swiftly moving prey. Sharks are capable of flying 10 feet into the air while swimming at speeds of up to 40 mph. However, breaching is extremely uncommon because it takes so much energy for the shark to move.

10. Evolutionary Perfection

To assist the sharks in our ocean, you don’t need to be an expert in science or politics. There are several things you can do such as decrease plastic usage, eat less seafood, and donate to popular organizations that make a difference. 

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Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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