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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