When we’re asked about sharks, most of us picture a large great white shark. With over 400 species, the shark kingdom is home to a few very weird-looking individuals. Here’s the top 10 bizarre sharks you’ve probably never heard about.
The frilled shark lives in the deep waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This eel-like shark is seldom observed. However, they seem to approach the surface to hunt at night.
This pink-skinned deep-sea shark has a distinctive long snout, similar to a sword blade. It is found in all three major oceans.
This 20-inch shark can bite into anything, including much bigger fish such as whales. It feeds by biting large chunks of meat off any living creatures, hence the name.
This carpet shark can be observed in the western part of the Pacific Ocean, eastern part of the Indian Ocean as well as around Australia. As a camouflaged bottom-dweller, it spends most of its time on the sea floor waiting to set on an ambush attack.
Spotting in the coastal waters of North America and Asia of the North Pacific, this long-tailed shark is listed as vulnerable to extinction by the World Conservation Union. It can reach a size of 6.1 metres (20 ft) in length, with its tail accounting for almost half of this.
This filter-feeder is part of the trio of plankton-eating sharks. On average, the basking shark measure about 8m in length. Its most peculiar feature is its wide-open mouth, up to 1m (3 ft 3) in width.
Harmless to people, whale sharks are also filter-feeder. They can reach a size of 12m (40ft) in length, making them a great tourist attraction for scuba-divers and snorkellers alike. Check out When and Where to dive with Whale Sharks.
This is the last of the filter-feeding shark trio. It is extremely rare to spot ! This deep water shark was only discovered in 1976.
This shark gets its name from the shape of its head. Unlike most sharks, it is quite sociable and swim with schools of its own species. This being said, they tend to be solitary hunters when night comes. They can be observed in warm waters around the world.
The saw shark is about as weird-looking as the hammerhead shark. It has a blade-like snouts with alternating large and small teeth.They can be spotted around South Africa, Australia and Japan.
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