In this article, we are sharing some interesting facts about the bull shark. So read on for some useful and fun Bull Shark facts.
First of all, it’s necessary to clarify that the creature that most of us know as a bull shark (scientific name: Carcharhinus Leucas) is also called Sardinian shark, Zambezi shark or Lamia shark, and shouldn’t be confused with the Carcharias Taurus – known as Sand tiger shark or Damsel shark.-like?
Bull Shark is known to be the most aggressive and dangerous shark species for humans after the great white shark and tiger shark, let’s shine some light on why is that so; firstly, bull shark a type of shark species (so obvious, I know right!!), so that could primitively explain the aggressive behavior. Further, this predator can be found in warm and shallow waters of all oceans and are territorial by nature, and they can also be found in the Amazon and Mississippi rivers and various lakes.
All these regions have a high human population. Plus the bull shark can survive in both salt and fresh water(unlike most sharks that reside in salt waters) because they have special glands and kidney functions to help their bodies retain salt while in freshwater. So far, all the habitats and the depth of water in which these sharks reside are had close proximity to humans, plus it’s intolerance to provocation and their love for being close to shorelines makes this almost cute and chubby looking creature one of the most dangerous shark species for humans.
It has been recorded in 69 unprovoked attacks on humans but researches believe the number may be higher, so by the record, you don’t even have to provoke it to attack(dangerous enough?). Still, humans hunt bull shark for their skin, meat, fins, and liver oil.
The bull shark is incredibly agile in the water, reaching speeds of up to 25mph (40.2 km/h) by humans comparison, Olympic champion Michael Phelps reaches a top speed of 6mph. It is not a picky eater. They mostly eat boney fishes, seabirds, sea turtles, dolphins and can also eat other shark species and in turn, nobody eats them, that is, bull shark has no predators. This predator can swim thousands of miles upriver, hunt baby hippos, and take over the occasional golf course in Australia.
30 Interesting Bull Shark Facts
- Bull sharks have black-tipped fins and grey backs. The stomach area is white.
- The average lifespan of bull shark is 12 years in the wild. The approximate female bull shark can live to about 17 years of age while males live for about 13 years.
- Females Bull shark usually have between 4 and 10 babies per mating season.
- The pregnancies last for a year, and the babies are around 28 inches long when born.
- Females are heavier but shorter than males. The female bull shark can reach a weight of 500 pounds and a length of 5 feet. Males can reach 200 pounds and 7 feet in length.
- The largest known bull shark was a female measuring 4 meters in length.
- A bull shark bites with a force of under 6000 newtons.
- Bull sharks are active during the daytime and at night.
- Female bull sharks tend to have dominance over males.
- The IUCN classifies bull sharks as a near-threatened species.
- Bull shark fins get used for shark fin soup in Asia.
- Bull shark skin is also used to make leather in Asia.
- Aquariums around the world boast of including bull sharks in their collections of captive fish.
- (Both female and male) is that the bull shark testosterone levels are believed to be one of the highest in the animal kingdom, even higher than those of a male African elephant in the heat!
- Bull sharks suffer from parasites like Pandarus sinuatus and Perissopus dentatus
- Achille Valenciennes first described bull sharks in Muller & Hanle(1839).
- Valenciennes gave bull sharks their original scientific name of Carcharias (Prionodon) leucas.
- The bull shark’s scientific name was later changed into the modern Carcharhinus leucas.
- The bull shark gained its name from its stocky build, broad but flat snout, and aggressive and unpredictable behavior.
- The snout is wide, and the movable jaws are filled with triangular teeth.
- Its wide range and diverse habitats result in many other local names, including Ganges River shark, Fitzroy Creek whaler, van Rooyen’s shark, Lake Nicaragua shark, river shark, freshwater whaler, estuary whaler, Swan River whaler, cub shark, and shovelnose shark.
- Africans also call the bull shark the Zambezi River shark, or simply a zambi.
- Bull shark usually swims 4.9 miles per hour, but it can accelerate its speed on up to 25 miles per hour when needed.
- In January 2020, a bull shark caught in the Arabian Sea weighed an estimated 350 kg.
- Bull sharks have grey coloration on top of their bodies but are white below.
- A bull shark’s second dorsal fin is smaller than the first.
- When bull sharks swim in a group this is called a shoal or a school.
- A bull shark has small eyes so they have limited visual powers. They are nearly blind. They use their sense of smell to find prey. Once they discover another animal, bull sharks bump it with their heads, then bite and eat.
- “Bump and bite” encounters involve the bull shark circling and often bumping a human before the attack, possibly to assess the size and strength of its prey.
- Every year as temperatures rise, bull sharks can be seen leaping from the water and spinning through the air, sparking wonder among spectators and researchers alike.
Here were some of the unbelievable Facts About Bull Shark to everyone should know, but the list never seems to be ending. Every day millions of events happen over the internet, which is quite impossible for a being to keep track of them.
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