How Fast Can a Shark Swim?
How fast a shark can swim can vary by species. Below we will list the swimming speeds, size, weights, diet, and other info about some of the shark species. Some of the shark species we will be listing are the great white shark, the hammerhead shark, the tiger shark, and the bull shark.
How Fast Can a Great White Shark Swim?
A great white shark can swim at speeds of around 35mph which is about 56.3km/h. The body of a great white shark is shaped like a torpedo which helps the shark in achieving such great speeds. The body of a great white shark can be around 4.6-6.4 meters long which is about 15.1-21 feet long. As for weight great white shark can weigh around 2,260-3,300kg which is about 4,982-7,275 pounds. Great white sharks have an excellent sense of smell and can easily pick up on a single drop of blood nearby. If a creature was bleeding in the ocean a great white shark would be able to sense it from up to 3 miles away which is about 4.8 kilometers. A great white shark also has the ability to sense electrical fields. Great white sharks have pores on their snouts which are filled with cells called the Ampullae of Lorenzini that can pick up on the power and direction of electrical currents. A great white sharks body also has cells that can pick up on vibrations in the water which allows them to sense movements made by prey. As for diet, great white shark likes to eat things like seals, sea lions, carrion, and some types of whale. A great white shark a a circulatory system which generates heat and keeps the body of the great white shark higher than the surrounding water. A great white shark has sharp teeth which get replaced every time they lose them. Great white sharks have many rows of sharp replaceable teeth. Throughout their lives, great white sharks will go through thousands of teeth. At any one time a great white shark will have around 350 in its mouth. The gestation period for a great white shark is around 12 months. A great white shark will have around 2-10 pups at a time. A the body of a newborn great white shark will be around 1 meter long which is about 3.3 feet long. No one really knew the true lifespan of a shark and it was estimated to be somewhere over 30 years. Now it is thought that a great white shark might even be able to live past 70 years.
How Fast Can a Hammerhead Shark Swim?
A hammerhead shark can swim at speeds of around 25-30mph which is about 40.2-48.3km/h. The body length of a hammerhead shark will vary from species to species. There are nine species of hammerhead shark, they are the scalloped bonnethead, bonnethead, winghead shark, whitefin hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, scoophead, smalleye hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, and the great hammerhead. The scalloped bonnethead is the smallest of the hammerhead shark species. The body of a scalloped hammerhead is around 0.90 meters long which is about 3 feet long. The largest species of hammerhead shark is the great hammerhead. The body of a great hammerhead can be anywhere from around 3.5-6.1 meters long which is about 11.5-20 feet long. As for weight, a great hammerhead shark can weigh anywhere from around 230-580kg which is about 507-1279 pounds. The widely set eyes of a hammerhead shark gives them a better visual range which is helpful when looking for prey. Due to they way a hammerhead sharks eyes are positioned they have a vertical 360 degree view. Sharks have the ability to sense electrical fields due to them having pores filled with cells called Ampullae of Lorenzini. Due to the shape of the hammerhead sharks head their sensory organs are more spread out than in other sharks. The Ampullae of Lorenzini of hammerhead sharks are more sensitive. The diet of a hammerhead shark can vary by species, they will eat things like sting rays, shrimp, small fish, and squid. The smaller hammerhead sharks will usually eat things like shrimp, crab, and small fish. The larger hammerhead sharks will eat things like sting rays, large fish, squid, and small sharks. The great hammerhead sharks have even been known to eat smaller hammerhead sharks. A hammerhead shark will usually give birth to around 2- 42 offspring. The smaller hammerhead sharks will give birth to smaller amounts of offspring while the larger hammerhead sharks will give birth to larger amounts of offspring. As for lifespan, a hammerhead shark will live for around 20-30 years.
How Fast Can a Tiger Shark Swim?
A tiger shark can swim at speeds of around 20mph which is about 32.2km/h. The body of a tiger shark can be around 3-5 meters long which is about 9.8-16.4 feet long. Some can get even bigger than that, for instance one tiger shark was found to be 55 meters long which is about 18 feet long. As for weight, a tiger shark will usually weigh around 385-635kg which is about 849-1400 pounds. They are called tiger sharks because of the dark stripes they have on their bodies when they are young. These stripes will usually fade as the tiger shark gets older. The tiger shark has excellent senses and is nocturnal. Tiger sharks are known to be aggressive and will pretty much eat whatever they can catch. They are not very picky eaters and have even been known to eat garbage. A tiger sharks jaws are very powerful and they can even crack the shells of sea turtles. As for diet, tiger sharks will eat things like stingrays, seals, squid, sea turtles, sea snakes, birds, carrion, and even other sharks. Tiger sharks can be very dangerous because they will not usually swim away after giving a human a test bite. When other sharks give human test bites and they realize that the human isn't a sea the great white shark will usually swim away. Since tiger sharks are not very picky they will usually stay to finish off what they have bitten. The gestation period for a tiger shark can be around 16 months. A tiger shark will give birth to around 10-80 offspring. A newborn tiger shark will be around 0.5-0.8 meters long which is about 1.6-2.6 feet long. As for lifespan, a tiger shark will live for around 27 years in the wild.
How Fast Can a Bull Shark Swim?
A bull shark can swim at speeds of around 25mph which is about 40.2km/h. The body of a bull shark is around 2.1-3.5 meters long which is about 6.9-11.5 feet long. As for weight, a bull shark will weigh around 90-230kg which is about 198-507 pounds. Bull sharks have the ability to live in both fresh water and salt water. Bull sharks are known to be one of the most likely shark species to attack humans. They can be very dangerous to humans because they have been known to swim close to the shore. Bull sharks are very territorial, they can be very unpredictable and aggressive. As for diet, when hunting bull sharks like to ram their prey before they bite them. Doing this disorients their prey before they go in for the bite. Bull sharks will eat pretty much whatever they can get. Bull sharks will eat things like fish, sea turtles, sting rays, birds, and even other sharks. A bull shark will give birth to around 4-10 offspring. As for lifespan, a bull shark will live for around 14 years.