Do Sharks Eat Jellyfish?

There are over 400 different species of sharks in the world! Since there are so many different sharks, there are many different diets and locations of the world that they like to live in. Here, we will take a look at some of the varieties of sharks and some information about them. 

Do any sharks eat jellyfish? Sharks that live in open waters, pelagic sharks, do eat jellyfish. They will stick to eating small jellyfish as opposed to large jellyfish because the larger jellyfishes have more venom. Sharks are opportunistic feeders, and they will primarily eat smaller fish and invertebrates, but larger sharks will also eat seals, sea lions, and other mammals that live in or near the ocean. 

How do sharks avoid getting stung by jellyfish when they eat them? 

Sharks have very tough skin and teeth. In fact, their skin is so closely related to their teeth that scientists believe that their teeth evolved from their skin in the first place! The only place a shark would have to worry about being stung by a jellyfish is their eyes – but most sharks have a tough membrane that they can close over their eyes that would protect them from the stings.  

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Do sharks eat other sharks? 

It is actually pretty common that sharks will eat other sharks. Older and larger sharks will eat smaller and younger sharks if they are in need of food. Sharks are at the very top of the ocean food chain and they will sometimes use that power over other sharks. 

What is the largest shark? 

The whale shark is the largest shark in the world. Additionally, they are also the largest fish in the world. They can grow to be about 65 feet long and can weigh up to a whopping 75,000 pounds. You may think that these would be the most dangerous sharks since they are so big, but they feed on some of the smallest creatures in the ocean. Whale sharks eat plankton and small crustaceans. This shark can be found in warm parts of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. 

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What is the fastest shark? 

The fastest shark in the world is the shortfin mako shark. The shortfin mako shark can swim at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, making them one of the fastest fishes on the planet. They are not nearly as big as the whale shark, but they can still grow to be about 13 feet long and they can weigh over 1,000 pounds. These sharks can be found in warm and tropical wasters in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. 

Shortfin Mako Shark
Shortfin Mako Shark

What is the smallest shark? 

The dwarf lantern shark is the smallest shark in the world. It is so small, that it can fit in the palm of a human’s hand! There have not been many sightings of this shark and for that reason they are quite mysterious. They get there name from the fact that they have photospheres on their stomach and fins that light up like a lantern. 

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What is the most dangerous shark? 

The Florida Museum of Natural History has looked at records dating back to 1580 and using that data, they have been able to determine which species of sharks are the most dangerous

Here are the top three most dangerous sharks in the world: 

3. Bull Shark 

Bull sharks have been responsible for at least 100 unprovoked attacks on humans all over the world. This number is likely higher because of difficulties identifying this shark during the heat of the moment. Many scientists see the bull shark as the most dangerous shark in the world because they can live in both freshwater and salt water and they live in close proximity to where people are. Believe it or not, bull sharks were actually the inspiration for the shark from Jaws, not a great white shark. These is because bull sharks were responsible for a series of attacks in 1916. 

2. Striped Tiger Shark 

The striped tiger shark is naturally very curious which brings them to areas where people are swimming. Most of the time, these sharks are unaggressive, but they have been responsible for many attacks and even fatalities. A tiger shark’s diet consists of other marine animals, birds, and terrestrial animals. They have also been found to eat garbage that they find in the ocean. The tiger shark is found throughout the world in temperate and tropical waters. Another reason that they are high risk, is that they can be found both in the deep sea and right by the shore. 

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1. Great White Shark 

Rounding out “The Big Three,” is, of course, the great white shark. The great white shark has been credited with the largest amount of fatal attacks in humans. This is for a couple of reasons. Great white sharks can be found in oceans and by coasts all over the world, going as far north as Alaska and as far south as the tip of Argentina. They are also the most dangerous because they are very large (they can grow to be over 20 feet) and they are extremely strong. In the case of most great white shark attacks, the shark will only bite the human once and then, since they do not seem to like the taste of humans, will leave it. The problem comes from the amount of blood lost in a shark attack. 

great white shark
Great White Shark

Even though these are the most dangerous sharks, it is important to remember that the odds of getting attacked by a shark are very low. In fact, you are more likely to be bitten by another person than by a shark. But always be cautious when swimming in the ocean where there could be sharks.