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22 Things You Didn't Know About Sharks

List RulesVote up the most fascinating facts about these sharp-toothed creatures of the deep.

There is so much more to sharks than the popular image of them as cold-blooded, man-eating killing machines. Sure they're some of the most evolved and capable hunters in the animal kingdom, but there are plenty of shark facts that can better our understanding of these creatures and have you captivated by more than just their impressive teeth.

Sharks have been known to curiously investigate humans and other objects in their environment that are strange to them. So indulge your curiosity for facts about sharks. Get to know their evolutionary history and their biology. Learn what makes them so impressive with the shark information collected in the list below!
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    Omnivorous Sharks Exist

    In August 2018, Samantha C. Leigh, Yannis P. Papastamantiou, and Donovan P. German published a study revealing that the bonnethead shark doesn't just eat fish - it munches on seagrass as well. Up to 60% of the hammerhead's diet consists of seagrass, while the rest is bony fish, snails, shrimp, and bony fish. 

    "It's the first known omnivorous species of shark," Leigh said. Before the study, researchers knew bonnetheads occasionally chewed on seagrass, but Leigh says "it has been assumed by most that this consumption was incidental and that it provided no nutritional value." Leigh and co. learned that this shark was better at digesting plant material than pandas and that the seagrass has nutritional value for the shark.

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    Megalodons Are Amazing!

    Photo: Serge Illaryonov / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0
    The picture is a to scale restoration, but many of the teeth in the sculpture were real fossilized teeth. The giant C. Megalodon sharks are now extinct but scientists believe that they could grow as long as 60 feet! "Megalodon" actually means "big tooth" in Ancient Greek.
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    Some Sharks Are Tiny and Adorable

    The smallest known species of sharks is the dwarf lanternshark, found only in the underwater continental slopes of Colombia and Venezuela. These little sharks only grow as long as eight inches. Yes, inches.
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    Hammerheads Have a 360 Degree View of the World Around Them

    One of the most distinctive looking types of sharks, it is believed that the shape of the shark's head and positioning of its eyes is an evolutionary adaptation to give it superior views of its surroundings. Hammerheads have a virtually 360 degree view at all times, letting them efficiently sweep for prey.
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