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Top 10 Incredible Sharks

Despite the fact that most sharks are harmless, the very thought of them strikes fear in most of us. Swimming at the beach just hasn’t been the same since the film Jaws came out. This list looks at ten sharks that are incredible due to their appearance, ability, or uniqueness in the animal kingdom. If you wish to share other incredible sharks, do so in the comments.


Great White Shark

Great White Shark

The great white shark is an exceptionally large lamniform shark found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans. Reaching lengths of more than 20 ft and weighing up to 4,938 lb, the great white shark is arguably the world’s largest known predatory fish. It is the only surviving species of its genus. More than any documented attack, Peter Benchley’s best selling novel Jaws and the subsequent 1975 film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg provided the great white shark with the image of a “man eater” in the public mind. While great white sharks have been responsible for fatalities in humans, they typically do not target humans as prey: for example, in the Mediterranean Sea there were 31 confirmed attacks against humans in the last two centuries, only a small number of them deadly. Many incidents seem to be caused by the animals “test-biting” out of curiosity.


Cow Shark

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Cow sharks are considered the most primitive of all the sharks, because their skeletons resemble those of ancient extinct forms, with few modern adaptations. Their excretory and digestive systems are also unspecialised, suggesting that they may resemble those of primitive shark ancestors. Their most distinctive feature, however, is the presence of a sixth, and sometimes a seventh gill slit, in addition to the five found in all other sharks.


Zebra Shark


The zebra shark is a species of carpet shark. Adult zebra sharks are distinctive in appearance, with five longitudinal ridges on a cylindrical body, a low caudal fin comprising nearly half the total length, and a pattern of dark spots on a pale background. During the day, zebra sharks are sluggish and usually found resting on the sea bottom, sometimes using their pectoral fins to prop up the front part of their bodies and facing into the current with their mouths open to facilitate respiration. Docile and slow-moving, zebra sharks are not dangerous to humans and can be easily approached underwater. However, they have bitten divers who pull on their tails or attempt to ride them. As of 2008 there is one record of an unprovoked attack in the International Shark Attack File, though no injuries resulted.


Frilled Shark


The frilled shark is a living fossil shark species which looks like a hideous giant eel but is actually a shark. On January 21, 2007, staff at Awashima Marine Park in Shizuoka, southwest of Tokyo, were alerted by fishermen to a ’strange eel-like fish with razor sharp teeth’. The fish was identified as a pregnant female 1.6 m frilled shark and was captured by park staff who were concerned that the shark appeared to be unhealthy. They took it out of the water and put it into a salt water tank where they filmed it and took pictures of it. The shark died a few hours after capture. The frilled shark is sometimes referred to as a living fossil partially because the species has changed little since pre-historic times. It was thought to be extinct until modern sightings in Japan.


Leopard Shark

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The leopard shark is a species of houndshark found along the Pacific coast of North America from the U.S. state of Oregon to Mazatlán in Mexico. Typically measuring 3.9–4.9 ft long, this slender-bodied shark is immediately identifiable by the striking pattern of black saddle-like markings and large spots over its back, from which it derives its common name. Large schools of leopard sharks are a common sight in bays and estuaries, swimming over sandy or muddy flats or rock-strewn areas near kelp beds and reefs. They are most common near the coast, in water less than 13 ft deep. Wary and quick to flee, leopard sharks pose almost no danger to humans. There is a single record from 1955 of a leopard shark harassing a skin diver with a nosebleed, though no injuries resulted. The meat is considered excellent eating, however, leopard sharks living alongside human development may accumulate pollutants such as mercury, and pesticides.


Cookiecutter Shark

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The cookiecutter shark is a small, rarely-seen dogfish shark. It is the smallest shark on this list but its unusual eating habits earn it a place. The cookiecutter shark derived its name from its habit of removing small circular plugs (like cookie cutters) of flesh and skin from cetaceans and large fish, including other sharks. It is hypothesized that the shark attaches to its much larger prey with its suctorial lips and modified pharynx, then rotates its body to achieve a highly symmetrical cut. They are considered parasites, with hosts such as the Megamouth shark. Cookiecutters seem to be attracted to undersea electrical cables, and one may find round bite marks in them. There has been one suspected attack on a human.


Whale Shark


The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a slow moving filter feeding shark that is the largest living fish species. It can grow up to 40 ft in length and can weigh up to 15 short tons. The shark is found in tropical and warm oceans and lives in the open sea and can live for about 70 years. The species is believed to have originated about 60 million years ago. Despite its enormous size, the whale shark does not pose any significant danger to humans. It is a frequently cited example when educating the public about the popular misconceptions of all sharks as “man-eaters”. They are actually quite gentle and can be playful with divers. Divers and snorkelers can swim with this giant fish without any risk apart from unintentionally being struck by the shark’s large tail fin.


Megamouth Shark

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The megamouth shark is an extremely rare species of deepwater shark. Since being discovered in 1976, only a few megamouth sharks have been seen with 44 specimens known to have been caught or sighted as of 2009 and three recordings on film. Like the basking shark and whale shark, it is a filter feeder, and swims with its enormous mouth wide open, filtering water for plankton and jellyfish. It is distinctive for its large head with rubbery lips. It is so unlike any other type of shark that it is classified in its own family.


Hammerhead Shark


The hammerhead sharks are a group of sharks so named for the unusual and distinctive structure of their heads, which are flattened and laterally extended into a “hammer” shape called a “cephalofoil”. The shark’s eyes and nostrils are at the tips of the extensions. The hammer shape of the head was thought to help sharks find food, aiding in close-quarters maneuverability and allowing the shark to turn sharply without losing stability. In late 2007 scientists discovered that hammerhead sharks can reproduce asexually through a rare method known as parthenogenesis (a direct development without the need of a sperm, similar to how social insects can reproduce). Of the nine known species of hammerhead, three can be dangerous to humans: the scalloped, great, and smooth hammerheads.


Goblin Shark


The goblin shark is a deep-sea shark. Its most distinctive characteristic is the unorthodox shape of its head. It has a long, trowel-shaped, beak-like rostrum or snout, much longer than other sharks’ snouts. Some other distinguishing characteristics of the shark are the color of its body, which is mostly pink, and its long, protrusible jaws. Goblin sharks hunt by sensing the presence of prey with electro-sensitive organs in the rostrum, or snout, due to the absence of light in the deep waters where it swims. Once a shark finds its prey, it suddenly protrudes its jaws, while using a tongue-like muscle to suck the victim into its sharp front teeth. As you can see from the image above, it is one of the most striking (and fearsome) looking sharks.

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  • elspudo

    you should see the prehistoric sharks…crazy

    • Schlabbe

      Great list. What would happen if I find mysel inside the belly of the Whale Shark? Is it possible to live for a couple of minutes or do I get killed because of the acid or the oxygen-loss?

      Regard from Germany

  • apepper

    Any list of sharks that puts the great white at number 10 has to be a great list!

  • joanne

    hahaha i actually laughed at the pictures for #10, 5, 2 & 1

  • scarlettdragon

    Top ten unusual sharks may be a better name for the list. Interesting though.

  • scarlettdragon

    Sharks are my number one fear-fascinating but terrifying!

  • LMXV

    Cookiecutters man, scary

  • Shagrat

    There’s a megamouth shark preserved in a tank at Perth Museum – awesome

  • astraya

    I read somewhere during my aimless internet browsing today that vending machines kill more humans than sharks do. I don’t know whether that’s true, but I can well imagine it.

  • dbrownl

    deep sea creatures are always the craziest looking things, is there a list on those anywhere in here???

  • Ninja_Wallaby

    @saber25 (10): Whale sharks are definetly sharks, sharks are also fish.

    Great list i love reading about sharks there were a few here that ii hadn’t heard of. My favourite one here has to the cookiecutter shark cool name and cool way to get food.

  • joanne

    saber25 (10) agreed they’re not sharks but (12) i believe they’re whales(mammals), not fish (sharks are fish btw)

  • dbrownl


  • optimus_grime

    great list jamie, i was starting to miss discovery channel’s shark week and this brightened my day a little haha

    Saber25: dude, calm down. takea xanex or something haha (im not condoning drug usage people, just a joke ;-))

  • dbrownl

    ummm, okay… and then you woke up from your drunken stupor

  • joanne

    saber25 (22)
    what makes you think i’m female??? o.0

  • romerozombie

    Sharks have a really bad rep thanks to Spielberg. Anyway you forgot flying sharks.

  • Yakuza

    at saber25 #18:

    Whale sharks are in fact sharks, wiki says:
    “The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a slow moving filter feeding shark…”

  • xx_jann_xx

    @saber 25 (8): I do believe it’s a shark and not a whale. Otherwise, it’d be called a shark whale or something. (Dunno though…not sure)

    @saber 25 (21): Leche-flan’s good. And Halo-halo. :P

  • L

    best shark movie:

    • LOL, L! Hilarious – thanks for posting the link!

  • cogliostro

    amazing list! I saw a beached whale shark while on a vacation in the philippines when i was a kid. Too bad it died of dehydration. The locals then chopped it up and had a feast! Poor shark. at least it was dead.

  • Lifeschool

    Hey all. My final comment this week sees me liking this list a lot. I love the animal kingdom but I also love sharks. As prehistoric preditors they were HUGE and formidable; just like ancient crocs; so I’m not surprised they are still chomping around the oceans today. I love the photos – and was surprised by #1 – look at those nashers!

    Just to clear up any doubt; ALL the animals listed today are sharks, including the whale shark, and all sharks are FISH (not mammals) as non are required to take great lungfulls of air from the surface.

    I have a question: Are sharks the only fish with teeth?, and if not, does anybody know of any more? (apart from swordfish obviously).

    @saber25 (34): I feel like I’ve tuned into a radio talk show. I don’t wish to spoil your fun, but calm down on the comments already!

    Right, I’m off on my hols again before being a Steward Team Leader at Solfest (uk). Sorry I won’t be around for your annual anniversary of seniority JF – but sing a song for me. Do you know Man of la Mancha (I, Don Quixote)? I’ve always liked that one – as long as you don’t go Bersirc!

  • oouchan

    I knew when I opened this list that I would see a whale shark. Thank you for finding a picture that doesn’t show its true size as I would have about died. :)
    But almost bit the dust on the Great White pic. That was kinda scary.
    Informative list as always. I never heard of the Goblin Shark or the Cookiecutter Shark. They look like some kind monster out of a fantasy thriller.

  • joanne

    saber25 (31): LOL no i’m NOT gay … “joanne” is a combination of my two first names “JOhn ANthony” then i add the “-ne” at the end to better conceal my real name $ gender by making it sound more feminine. i use it most of the time

    as with the whale shark being either a whale or a shark i’m getting confused – i always thought it was a whale so i’m sorry if my previous comments were incorrect

  • oouchan

    @Lifeschool (42): Pirahna (sp?) also have teeth.

    Forgot to add that the coolest shark ever (of course not around anymore) is the Magladon (sp?). Awesome shark and HUGE! Great White on steroids!

  • Frushka

    The scariest shark today is Saber.

    42 comments so far, and 21 of them his.

  • Rufus

    imagine falling into the mouth of the megamouth shark and gummed to death =P

    the cookiecutter shark is kinda cute =P it’s bite seems to hurt though…

  • Derek

    For some reason, the cookiecutter shark reminds me of the Flintstones o.0 It also looks like something out of a B movie lol

  • alarpup

    Great list! The mako shark would have been another cool one to include.

  • Wenchtits

    Ugliest list ever.

    Thanks for deepening my fear of really big fish and deep water.

  • egernunge

    @Lifeschool (42): Actually, the majority of fish have teeth. Apparently there are only a few species that don’t.

  • onesceptre

    Saber do you have attention deficiency disorder? Quit your whining already!

  • gabi319

    @Frushka (46): The scariest shark today is Saber.
    LOL :-D

    @Derek (48):
    When I saw the picture of cookie cutter sharks, I thought they weren’t real either! They look like a pair of cockroaches you’d find in Joe’s Apartment.

  • archangel

    Wooohoooo, scary sharks! Hope never to swim along with one of them (unless its at SeaWorld or something).

  • littleprincessjnr

    Great list. We knew all of these but one. The kids really enjoyed this list. Thanks!:)

    PS….Is it just me or does the cookie cutter shark resemble something else?!? LOL (very shriveled though I might add)

  • Zenayda

    Aaah! A shark list! I’ve had a fascination with sharks my entire life and always scream with glee anytime I see an article or show about them anywhere.

    I was pleased to see that there are some sharks here that I’d never heard of – like the cookiecutter shark. Looks a lot like piranhas or something similar.

    Honestly, my favourite shark is the tiger shark – it combines my two favourite creatures :-)

    A wonderful list sir. They’re such beautiful creatures – in all their forms.


    What an original list!!!

    I think I remember hearing about the Cookiecutter shark bitting the shell of submarines, but I’m not quite sure…

    I enjoy lists about animals. I’ve always think nature and animal were the best and the more equilibrated things in nature… until we humans appeared. That really screw things up, HAHAHAHA!

  • General-Jake

    Yeah this list kicks ass. I love sharks and the ocean. Ive always wanted to see it. But im stuck WAY inland in the land of cowboys and corn. O well i can dream.

  • redcaboose

    Interesting list. Living a lot of my life on the US west coast, I well remember the lifegaurds closing down beaches when sharks are spotted.

    Looks like saber25 finally crashed. Now, a little peace and quiet.

  • mom424

    Great list Jamie. Who doesn’t love Shark Week? Nobody, that’s who.

    You missed the Greenland Shark; It’s an ancient breed, near as big as the Great White. It lives in deep water in the North Atlantic as far north as Greenland and Norway but has been found in the St. Lawrence River as well. It’s flesh is toxic, (except to each other, they’re immune to their own toxins and are cannibalistic on occasion), they’re semi-blind and very rare. The stomach contents have included caribou, seal, deep sea squid, and even polar bear. They seem slow and sluggish and can be approached by divers – making it quite the mystery as to how they catch their prey.

  • General Tits Von Chodehoffen

    Possibly the best list I have read. JF your the man.

  • General-Jake

    He should do a list of top ten list things a poor, stoner, kansas cowboy wil never see. lol K im done feelin sorry for myself.

  • notorioustgb

    cool list! I love generally misunderstood creatures. that’s how I manage to remain tolerant of commentators like ADHD saber25.

    a number of these sharks I’ve never heard of. the cookie cutter shark is madness. I’d love to see a picture of it actually attached to a larger shark or fish

    re: zebra shark- divers attempting to ride the shark do so at their own risk.

  • Syfte

    JFrater: Great list, loved number one, bloody scary looking bugger. Though… I wanna eat it.

  • arsenal

    @saber25 (31):
    dude are a homophobe??
    is this site becoming like this??

  • undaunted warrior

    Great list today, I would hate seeing the Goblin shark face to face while snorkling.

  • Abs

    Oh my word I nearly choked at the picture of the cookiecutter sharks – creepy is not the word!!

    @saber25 : if you dont have anything useful, intelligent or RELEVANT to say then shut the hell up

  • LiLi

    @ Rufus(43): Haha being gummed to death was exactly what I thought of when I saw it >.<

    Loving this list, the cookiecutter is cute but horrifying teeth.

  • Nobkin

    Megaladon is the king of all sharks, both modern and prehistoric.

    Awesome list by the way,sharks are so interesting!

  • Kay

    My younger brother loves sharks and loved the list. I do too. I love sharks and I loved the jaws movie.

  • calm_incense

    Excellent list. Great job! I was half-expecting to see a certain type of Arctic species of shark that I saw on the Discovery Channel a loooong time ago, but the weirdness of the sharks you *did* use certainly does suffice. :D

    It would be nice if somebody could just delete all of saber25’s comments…

  • aprilweather

    No Mako?-Still a great list–Several I’ve never heard of-But are you sure you’re not pulling our leg with the cookie-cutter?-LOL

  • Mtatazela

    No1 is either a photo of my mother im law or she has a identical twin sister !

  • Rascalian

    I’ve totally forgotten what i was going to comment on other than that saber25 has managed to piss me off first thing this morning simply by acting like a fucking child. No one gives a shit if Jamie isn’t replying to your comments and i don’t blame him. Does getting people to respond to the comments you leave on this site help you sleep at night? Well i hope it works because you got me to respond and all i can say is kindly shut the fuck up saber25.

    Anywho, great list dude. Hammerheads have always been my favorite shark, followed closely by Mako sharks. Something about Makos…sleek,sexy,deadly looking, like a bullet. I guess they’ve been recorded leaping as high as 28 ft out of the water. Thats so badass. Sharks bring out the nerdy kid in me. Thanks JFrater.

  • Sofia

    Normally I am not very interested in this sort of thing, but the shark list was very interesting! Thanks, JFrater

  • Princess

    Great list. Cookiecutters and Goblin sharks look really scary!

  • moshmonster

    @mom424 (60): Whoa- I’d never heard of that one before. Thanks!

  • Stunt Man Mike…

    Cookiecutters were #1 on Animal Planet’s Most Extreme Biters episode. In relation to their size, they have the biggest teeth in the animal kingdom. Also, someone mentioned that Greenland sharks were very rare. Not true. There are plenty of them. They just live deep in very cold waters and are not seen too often.

    Oh yeah btw, Saber’s a fucktard.

  • scrumpy

    so how big/small is a cookiecutter shark?

  • scrumpy

    don’t worry, I’ve googled it. (quite small)

  • reggie5N

    I go fossil hunting in Venice Beach, Florida, only two hours from my house, every Saturday. Just today I had a booth at the Reptile Breeder Expo, selling some of my lesser finds. I have many great megalodon teeth (best is perfect condition four and a half inch brown/gold/black tooth). I SCUBA dive there, finding about ten nice teeth every dive.

    Sorry if this is a waste of time, I just like sharing this shark-related story. I could post some facts on the meg, if requeseted (probably not :( ).

    Oh yeah, has anyone else noticed that smiley on the bottom of the page?

  • C.Jin

    God deep sea creatures are fucking ugly.

    They’re probably all ugly because its dark as shit and you can’t even see them anyway

  • Mabel

    15 joanne

    NO NO NO. Whale sharks ARE sharks. All sharks are fish. Whales are mammals. They only call it a whale shark because it’s so fracking big.

  • Mabel

    72 scrumpy
    Cookie cutter sharks may be tiny, but DANG that would hurt if one bit you! Ouch!

  • Mabel

    34 Lifeschool
    Don’t forget, mammals also feed their babies with milk and are warm-blooded. Also, they grow hair.

    Hee hee, a hairy shark! That would be hilarious.

  • calm_incense

    ^ Not any more hilarious than a hairy whale…

  • chershey

    Okay, so I’m a bit anal because I love marine biology to death, but this commenting thread makes me sad. Oh, and please ban saber25…

    A whale shark is a shark and a fish. It is not a mammmal nor a whale.

    Sharks are not the only fish with teeth. The most obvious non-shark fish would likely be the red-bellied piranha.

    There a great number of sharks that naturally have seven gills, not just the cow.

  • Ninja_Wallaby

    @chershey (79): Yes i too was surprised and saddened. I had thought whale sharks not being whales to be common knowledge.

    Also i dont think the list is suggesting that cow sharks are the only sharks with 6-7 gill slits. All it suggests to me is that no sharks have less than 5 gill slits.

  • Meg

    The cookiecutter shark creeps me out. :|

  • erin

    Jesus Christ, shut up the hell up, Saber. Your irrelevant, homophobic comments are not needed.

    I’m guessing you’re 12.

  • J-Spooge

    Tiger Shark! Where you at?

  • hannah

    Deng! That frilled shark looks incredibly creepy O.o and by the way this is one of my first few comments, hi I’m not crazy.

  • Corey

    SO excited to see this list! I absolutely love sharks. :) Good choices, too. My fave is the Mako. (There are 2 kinds, short and longfin.) Fastest shark, with speeds up to 31 mph recorded… Elusive and not often observed… Not afraid of humans or boats like most sharks… I’d say they’d be pretty scary to meet in person.

    I’d also throw the classics on here – Tiger (because it will eat ANYTHING) and Bull (because it can survive in fresh water and is therefore responsible for more deaths than any other shark species).

    P.S. Any way we can get rid of the infantile troll on here?

  • ianz09

    @saber25 (95): you’re a chode. please fuck off.

  • ianz09

    @saber25 (95): ps: don’t forget to blow it out your ass, mkay?

  • GixxerMD17

    Nice 10 list for shark…very trivial…great job

  • Damo

    I really liked this list, about half of these were new to me. But by far the sweetest thing was finding out there is an International Shark Attack File. That’s crazy.

  • signe

    I think the Hammerhead Shark is one of the weirdest looking animals out there…evolution does the wackiest things. When I see those big shoals with hundreds of Hammerhead Sharks in it, I feel like I have been transported into another world…

  • nuriko

    interesting list… :)

  • reggie5N

    I would like to note that sharks indeed are fish, however they are in a different class than bony fish (e.g. bass, tuna, swordfish), because they are cartilaginous fish (e.g. skates, stingrays, sharks), so although saber25 is acting like a two year old with a new toy, or a drunk, it would be as incorrect to classify sharks with bluefish as it would be to classify reptiles and birds.

  • tripsyman

    I was privilaged to see a basking shark close up whilst fishing in scotland – it is a most amazing and spectacular sight.

  • Joel

    Wiki says the Zebra shark and the leopard shark are the same shark.

  • psychosurfer

    Carcharodon megalodon

  • psychosurfer
  • saber25

    Okay sorry everyone. im just going threw a rough period cuz i dumped my gf becuz i actually fancy the guys ha ha ha, who woulda known becuz of my homophobia am i right?.
    Im only doing this because im a first timer with the commenting and im still rather proud of my achievements. sorry if I offended anybody ill stop now. oh and this is a cool list!!!!!!!!!

  • jake


    great list

  • teacakes44

    They open their mouths to facilitate ventilation for gas exchange, respiration occurs in cells not in the gills.
    Soz but I’m a biology geek!

  • GTT

    Jamie: this was a fantastic list!

    I have to say I have a panicked fascination with sharks. I´m still trying to figure out which freaks me out the most: frilled, cookie cutter or goblin. You have to wonder at nature and its creations and sometimes all you are left with is:

    WTF was Nature thinking?

  • Chavon

    7-looks like it accidentaly landed here from a different planet…creepy…..!

    5-plain out freaky. i dnt care if they are harmless i wouldnt be anywhere near them, even if they were behind a tank sealed off with bulletproof glass or watever the hell they use at those aquariums

    lol number 1 looks like its flippin you off or like it has a boner haha. first thought on my mind when i scrolled down…of course….. ;)

  • Mr. Ree

    What about loan sharks? Those are very dangerous…

  • Gogo Delectatio

    Great list of sharks! I’m a devotee of Shark Week, but still learned about some new species from this list. & sent it on to all my shark-loving (and fearing) friends and relatives.

  • Trish

    I will forever see number one and five in my nightmares.

  • frankgrimes

    I will forever see Saber25 in my nightmares.

  • Coco

    How about the BULL SHARK. They can survive in fresh water. They have been found halfway up the Mississippi River! Think about that the next time you go tubing.


    reading Saber25’s comment’s made me go, “are you SERIOUS?” hahah! ANYWAYS, this list was excellent JF! I absolutely love sharks, so this list is up theire on my favorite lists! THANKS!

  • honkster

    Here in Perth at the museum there’s a megamouth preserved , it used to be outside under the path with a glass cover , not sure if it’s still there . Also the list could/should have a Wobbegong shark in it , one of the most unusual looking sharks you will ever see .

  • columbofan

    Nice list, well researched had the theme tune of jaws in my head now.

  • how can you say that most sharks are harmless? they have terrorized humans on film and tv for years! lol.

  • Anne

    The cookiecutter shark looks scary! This is a really interesting list, but I think it’s made me more afraid of water, lol

    I’m a little curious what the hell that saber guy was doing to make everyone so crazy.

  • bright

    the zebra shark is cool i love it

  • maryhadalittlehump

    is there a tiger shark?

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  • aegean

    I had thought whale sharks got up to 65 feet. o_O Though looking around on google now, they’re listed at anywhere from 40 – 65 feet, depending on the site. Wonder how big they really get.

  • kelvin
  • Nate”Shark”Dogg

    Hey, dumb asses!!!!! The bull shark is the most dangerous shark out there!!! It can swim up natural, salt-free, rivers and eat your little children! It has the most testosteron of any animal in the world!!!!! Let me know if you have any questions, because, I’m sure that I’m much smarter than you!!

  • Al

    Great list of sharks. However, I have to chuckle every time I see the comments that “Many incidents seem to be caused by the animals “test-biting” out of curiosity”. If you are missing an appendage it doesn’t much matter what the intention of the shark was, now does it. Also, has it occurred to anyone that the Great White Shark usually doesn’t kill it’s prey (the seal) on the first bite. It disables it or let’s it bleed out until such time it decides to feed. Unlike the seal, humans usually get out of the water themselves or with the help of others, therefore interrupting dinner!

  • ………

    7&8 have no eyes?the cookiecutter looks like its smiling,lol

  • Nis S.

    The cookiecutter shark made me scream. :(

  • _mark

    Sharks, real life monsters (and the #1 reason I don’t swim in the ocean). Awesome list.

  • Cait

    Am I weird if I think that the cookiecutter shark is, dare I say it…kinda cute? In a totally hideous carnivorous way?

  • Majd Al-Khoury

    Good God, is it me or are the Cookie Cutters smiling? o.O

  • I love this post.

  • cmc75

    Due to their sheer size, the GREAT white should be in the top 3 of this list (maybe even higher). When I read the header of this list, the first shark that came to my mind was the dreaded Hammer Head Shark!! That is the most alien looking predator that I've ever seen!

  • Buckaroo Banzai

    A healthy frilled shark in its natural habitat looks nothing like that one (which is about to die, and swelling due to being closer to the surface). It's just a somewhat tinly and skinny shark, but not that weird at all.

  • Hey Try Megalodon the biggest shark

  • ana

    the cookiecutter shark looks like a cockroach O_O

  • Olivia Elaine McCaskill

    The first picture is sooooooooooooooooooooo creepy the big jaw.


  • ???

    great findings!


    why sharks scary people out there they will killed me no matter what i will be eatin taste is gross with blood i will be scared out there this is crazy iam not going there oecan iam not my friends and boyfriends scared of death iam the one
    what i do go wrong i hated sharks just like my friends does make it go away from the sharks they are mean to us we gonna hit something really bad big big huge rock to hit themmy friends boyfriends grab me out of here sharks jump out the ege

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