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Are Baby Sharks Dangerous

One of the items on my bucket list is to swim with sharks. Or to at least cage dive with them. This got me thinking, what about baby sharks?

Are baby sharks dangerous? No, not at all. If you’re imagining baby sharks to be like piranhas, you’re completely wrong. Baby sharks are not dangerous, especially not to humans because they are tiny. Even at later stage, they do not poses a real threat to people as shark attacks are extremely rare. They feed on smaller fish and invertebrates but also seals or other marine mammals.

It is actually vice versa, as humans are the real threats to sharks.

Are Baby Sharks Dangerous?

What Are Baby Sharks Called?

Baby sharks are called pups, just like dog’s babies are called pups. The majority of baby sharks are born as live animals and only some are born out of an egg.

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How Big Is A Newborn Shark?

Well this depends on the species. For example, blacktip reef shark babies are on the small side, and usually not more than 20 inches in length while the great white shark’s babies are 4 feet long!

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How Dangerous Are Adult Sharks?

There were only five shark-related human deaths in 2018 compared to tens of millions of sharks killed annually by people. Sharks are in all the world’s oceans, but shark attacks are extremely rare. In fact, you are more likely to be struck by lightning than attacked by a shark!

Only about a dozen of the more than 500 species of sharks have been involved in attacks on humans and only three are responsible for two-digit numbers of fatal unprovoked attacks on humans: the great white, tiger and bull.

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Adrian Volenik

I've lived around animals my whole life and I hold a Diploma in Animal Physiology. When I'm not reading or writing about wild animals, health and fitness, and technology, you can find me playing with my son and two cats. My pastimes include running, playing video games, and solving the NY Times crossword.

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