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Five of the Biggest Sharks In The World [Slideshow]

Five of the Biggest Sharks In The World [Slideshow]
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Sharks were cruising around the ocean for over 100 million years before the first dinosaur appeared on land. Even though these ancient predators were regulating the seas long before humans, they remain some of the most misunderstood and under-appreciated animals the world has ever known.

During Shark Week, we’re celebrating the beauty, mystery, and might of the shark as a way to create awareness about the way†commercial†fishing is decimating its populations, putting the health of our oceans at risk.

If you’ve seen the movie Jaws, you might think the Great White is the biggest shark in the ocean, but here are five other sharks that give the Great White a run for its money:

1. Big Eye Thrasher Shark

Bigeye Thresher sharks are of a purplish grey color and can reach lengths up to 15.1 feet long and can weigh up to 795 lbs. This wide-eyed shark prefers to live†in tropical oceans around the world and can be found at depths up to 1650 feet deep.

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1:27AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Thanks.

2:01AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

This list is missing
a) the Great White Shark
b) the Tiger Shark
and c) the Whale Shark.

1:21AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

where are the great white shark??

8:31AM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

I feel for the high percentage who have never seen these magnificent creatures. To have swam with a few types, I can say, it disgusts, and scares me how firstly, the media can sometimes portray sharks, and secondly, the blind ignorance of some people towards them.

any news page carrying a story about sharks always has IDIOTS lining up to say people are stupid for filming, helping, or being interested in them, and how they should all be culled.
Many people don't seem to understand the food chain, ecosystems, and the laws of nature.
Further still, many folk believe that anything they personally don't like, should be just killed off.

4:09AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Sorry for the typo's, my fingers aren't working the best this morning. LOL

4:04AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

We were swimming in Kiawa Island in SC when one of the guys there started gettung swarmed by baby sharks (not sure what kind they were). Turns out he had a picket full of shrimp fir fishing and they wanted it. I didn't like the fishing part which he never did, but it was a neat experience. My son who was 4 at the time got to pet a live shark and then watch it swim free. I'll never forget that. :)

1:44PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

wow

12:50PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Thanks for sharing!

9:49AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Maybe , i'll "see/face" a shark to the "path from this existence to another" .... Tks for sending to us .....

9:57PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Thanks for sharing. Until now, I never knew anything about the Greenland shark. Amazing that it can live to 200 years!

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