We all know sharks are the predators of the sea, but what you might not know is that they can illuminate the dark ocean water when searching for prey, or that they have thousands and thousands of teeth over their lifetime. Today, we’re taking a deeper dive into the world of sharks, and where you can find them at SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove. Here are a few fun facts about these animals.
They can be massive and tiny
Whale sharks are not only the largest shark species, but they are also the largest fish in the world. For reference, the whale shark is 40 feet long, and the world’s smallest shark, the dwarf lantern shark, is just 6-8 inches long.
“Garbage Cans” of the sea
Tiger sharks are nicknamed the “garbage cans” of the sea. Researchers have discovered tires, gasoline, and license plates left intact inside their stomachs.
Hammerhead sharks’ uniquely shaped heads, called cephalofoils, are equipped with electrical sensors, which make them superior hunters.
Lots of Chompers
Sharks have a ton of teeth! In fact, some can cycle through up to 35,000 teeth in their lifetime.
Girls Rule…But Not Always
In many species of sharks, the females are larger than the males, but male snaggletooth sharks are twice the size of the females.
Sharks live in all of the world’s oceans. Some species, like the bull shark, are able to survive in freshwater environments.
Thresher shark tails can grow to half of their body length. They use their tails as weapons to stun their prey.
Did you Hear That?
The Silky shark has acute hearing. Researchers have found that this shark responded to low-frequency sounds from 1/4 mile away.
Shine a Light On It
Sharks come prepared with a built in flashlight. Some sharks, such as the lanternshark, are able to make their own light through a process called bioluminescence.
Now that you know more about sharks, where exactly can you find them? Both SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove offer unique viewing, feeding and even swimming options.
The world’s largest underwater viewing tunnel offers incredible views of dozens of species of sharks.
Sharks Up-Close Tour
Peer down into the the 700,000-gallon aquarium to see these predators before touching and feeding some of them.
Sharks Underwater Grill
Pair your dinner with serene views of sharks at this unique restaurant. As you dine, sharks swim peacefully in the tank that surrounds the restaurant.
Sharks Swim at Discovery Cove
Experience sharks in a way you never have before in this one-of-a-kind, hands-on encounter. Guests can join the sharks in their habitat and embark on a thrilling snorkel dive that takes you into deeper waters where the majestic animals roam.