Few things terrify people less than sharks. At the same time, the dangers that these predators present fascinate us. We marvel at their power, strength, and size. Indeed, their size can be really impressive. Get ready to greet the 10 biggest sharks that have existed on Earth.
Great White Shark 1:13
Pacific Sleeper Shark 3:07
Tiger Shark 4:08
Basking Shark 5:17
Whale Shark 6:04
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– The average length of a great white shark is 23 ft. It can move at a speed of 35 miles per hour, which is really fast for underwater traffic. The bite of a great white has a terrifying force of 1.8 tons per square inch. That’s 10 times more forceful than a lion’s bite.
– Pacific sleeper sharks look unlike any other shark. Their body is shaped like a torpedo, they have a wide blunt head, and their mouth is pretty small. The biggest representatives of this species can grow as long as 23 ft. One more thing that makes Pacific sleepers stand apart is their color. Dark gray or even black helps Pacific sharks blend in with the sunless depths in which they live.
– The tiger shark is one of the largest shark species in the world. Their average length can reach 16 ft, but the largest specimen reached 24 ft. They can weigh 800 to 1,500 lb, which is heavier than the average horse.
– The basking shark is the second largest shark alive today. You don’t have to scatter away as soon as you see this bus-sized giant. Basking sharks are gentle creatures whose diet consists of fish eggs, plankton, and other tiny organisms.
– Whale sharks can grow to a whopping 46 ft long, and their weight can reach 12 tons. Just like basking sharks, whale sharks sieve tiny marine organisms through their gills. They also eat small fish, squid, and krill.
– Cretoxyrhina is also known as the “Ginsu Shark.” This creature roamed the seas and oceans 100 million years ago in the Cretaceous Period. These predators reached a weight of 1,000 to 2,000 lb and could grow as long as 25 ft.
– Otodus reigned over the oceans 60 to 45 million years ago. It could grow up to 30 ft in length and weigh more than 4,000 lb. This predator could also boast razor-sharp 4”-long teeth. With the help of these daggers, Otodus feasted on big fish and whales.
– Helicoprion was not only one of the biggest but also one of the most uncommon prehistoric sharks. It lived about 290 million years ago. These sharks got their name “Helicoprion” thanks to the highly unusual coils of teeth lining their jaws.
– Ptychodus lived 90 to 60 million years ago. This was a massive shark that could reach 30 ft in length with a weight that varied between 1,000 and 2,000 lb. This shark was different from other prehistoric sharks because it had large teeth, which, however, were flat.
– The largest of absolutely all the sharks that have ever lived on this planet was Megalodon. This monster shark controlled the oceans 26 to 2.3 million years ago. This shark got its name, “big tooth,” because of its terrifying 7”-long teeth. The average length of this giant was 50 to 78 ft.
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