Top 10 World’s Deadliest Sharks

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As considered by the Discovery Channel in 2001, here are the 10 deadliest sharks in the world. “Shark Week 2009“ is taking spectators into the deadliest waters to meet the most dangerous sharks and learn the why’s and how’s behind some of the most memorable shark attacks, according to Discovery Channel.

1. Bull Shark

Top 10 World's Deadliest Sharks

Bull Shark is greatly known for attacking people. The Bull Shark is seen all over the world including warm ocean areas, rivers and lakes. In both salt and freshwater, they can survive and hunt only and swim through low waters. When you see them, they may show to be quiet but they can quickly change their behavior and have quick bursts of speed.

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In the summer, they breed and can have up to 13 live young. This Bull Shark Found 2,000 mile up the Amazon River and as of today there have been no less than 82 human attacks and 6 of them winding up fatal. Bull sharks can be seen as deep as 150 meters, but not usually less than 30 meters.

A male bull shark can reach a length of 2.1 meters or 6.9 feet and weigh 90 kilograms, or 198.4 pounds. The female bull sharks are much larger measuring 3.3 meters or 10.8 feet in length and 318 kilograms or 700 pounds. The Bull Shark eats fish, other sharks, rays, dolphins, turtles, birds, mollusks, echinoderms, crustaceans, terrestrial animals, and the occasional human, they have wonderful eating habits.

2. Great White Shark

Top 10 World's Deadliest Sharks

With a water temperature between 54-74 degrees fahrenheit, The Great White Shark can be found in coastal regions. A usual Great white can rise to be between 13 and 16 ft. Great White Shark eats seals, fur seals, and sea lions, smaller sharks, dolphins, porpoises, whale carcasses, pinnipeds and sea otters but on occasion they will swallow something that they can not digest.

Great White Shark is known as Carcharodon carcharias, white pointer, white shark, and white death and it can reach lengths of about 6 meters, or 20 feet and weigh up to 2,250 kilograms, or about 5,000 pounds, making it the largest predator in the sea. Great White Sharks will occasionally also attack dolphins and porpoises after hunting them white sharks attack them from above, behind or below to avoid being detected by their echolocation.

The victims of the great white shark have been fallen of 116 people and 67 of those have been killed. The greatest focuses of great white sharks can be found in southern Australia, South Africa, California, Mexico’s Isla Guadalupe, Adriatic Sea and in the Central Mediterranean.

The female great white shark is larger than males; it is measures 4 – 4.8 meters (13 – 16 feet) and weighs 680 – 1,100 kilograms (1,500 – 2,450 pounds) and a greatest heaviness of 1,900 kilograms or 4,200 pounds.

The great white sharks tend to hunt in the early morning, often within 2 hours after sunrise in the Seal Island in South Africa.

3. Tiger Shark

Top 10 World's Deadliest Sharks

In tropical and sub tropical waters, the Tiger Shark can be found close to the coast. At the young, the sharks display stripes that fade and at the mature age the tiger sharks skin color turn into a bluish green. The tiger shark generally hunts at night and will eat anything whatever comes in its path.

Tiger sharks have weigh 385 – 635 kilograms (850 – 1400 pounds) and is usually 3 – 6 meters (10 – 20 feet) long. A male Shark is sexually mature when it reaches 2.26 – 2.9 meters (7 – 10 feet) in length. Females mature at 2.5 – 3.25 meters (8 – 11 feet) in length. This tiger sharks are seen mostly in as far north as Japan and as far south as New Zealand.

Mostly tiger sharks hunts fish, seals, birds, smaller sharks, squid, and turtles. Tiger sharks give live birth like mammals. Between March and May, they breed and around April or June the following year gives birth. A female is pregnant between 14 and 16 months and carry a litter of 10 – 80 pups.

4. Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Top 10 World's Deadliest Sharks

Globaly in deep water with a temperature of greater than 18 degrees Celsius or 64 degrees, the Oceanic Whitetip Shark can be seen. Oceanic Whitetip Shark has distinguishing pectoral fins, because they are much larger and rounder than most shark fins. By swimming through a school of fish and eating as it goes, this shark usually feeds. it will become aggressive when feeding with others. They have individual long, wing-like pectoral and dorsal fins.

Whitetip’s fins make good soup and its meat is used for eating while its hide is used for leather, so these sharks are valuable for humans. One incident in history talks about this shark perhaps being responsible for the deaths of over 600 crew members of the U.S.S. Idianapolis.

Oceanic Whitetip shark has a highest weight of 170 kilograms or 370 pounds and they rise to length of 4 meters or 13 feet, but generally do not get bigger than 3 meters or 10 feet. Generally the females are bigger than the males by only 10 centimeters or 4 inches.

The meals of these sharks are lancet fish, oarfish, barracuda, jacks, dolphin fish, marlin, tuna, and mackerel. It is also know to eat threadfins, stingrays, sea turtles, sea birds, gastropods, crustaceans, mammalian carrion, and even rubbish dumped from ships.

The females are pregnant for 1 year, delivering 1-15 pups.

5. Shortfin Mako Shark

Top 10 World's Deadliest SharksIn all over the world, Shortfin Mako Shark can be found. They can swim up to speeds of 46 mph and can jump up to 28ft in the air. And you can see its teeth above and they are one of four warm blooded sharks which helps with speed when their mouth are closed. At least it is blamed for 42 attacks on humans with at least 2 fatalities.

They have weigh up to 800 kilograms or 1,750 pounds and it can grow up length of 2.75 to 4 meters, or 9 to 13 feet. It has high speed of swim at 50 kilometers per hour or 31 miles per hour.

6. Grey Reef Shark

Top 10 World's Deadliest Sharks

These sharks stand on no.6 among ten deadliest sharks in the world. It is blamed for 8 attacks on humans with no fatal attacks. Grey Reef can be seen in the Red Sea to Easter Island and also know as Carcharinus amblyrhynchos. Grey is feed at night but is also active in the day. They have eats reef fishes, squids, octopus, and various crustaceans including crabs and shrimp.

It can grow up to 2.55 meters in length. Overall with white underbelly and the dorsal fins are darker in color. In looks, Grey Reef is similar to blacktip reef shark. It accepts a curved bearing where it bends its body in to an “S” shape and when it does that, watches out.

7. Sand Tiger Shark

Top 10 World's Deadliest Sharks

Sand Tiger Shark is coming at seven numbers on the list of the ten deadliest sharks in the world. Carcharias Taurus is another name of the Sand Tiger Shark. When the young sharks develope in the uterus and eat each other so that only 1 or 2 babies are born. And while they become more active when they come out at nigh to feed, they are lethargic and like to hide in caves during the day.

As of today, there have been at least 64 human attacked with 2 fatalities. At an astounding depth of 200 meters, the sand tiger can be seen and it is appears threatening and also rather not dangerous but will attack when forced, like any other wild animal.

They are sexually mature when they reach a length of 2.2 meters. The sand tiger consumes material like herring, snappers/Schnapper, eels, mackerels or other fish, and rarely other smaller sharks. For 8-12 months, a sand tiger shark’s pregnancy lasts. Most of in the Atlantic Ocean, Sand tiger can be found.

8. Hammerhead Shark

Top 10 World's Deadliest Sharks

There is one of the nine known species of hammerhead sharks only three are dangerous to human. But for 33 attacks on human, it has been responsible. In warm waters along coastlines, they are agressive predators and are found. As big as their head is, they have very small mouths and tend to do a lot of bottom feeding.

It is in size from 0.9 – 6 meters (3 – 20 feet) long and they prey upon fish, rays, cephalopods, and crustaceans. From 10 – 12 months, they are pregnant and once they are born they have to fend for themselves. And also in weigh, it has 1,280 pounds or 580 kilograms. She had 55 pups inside of her.

Scientist revealed a probable new type of hammerheads off the shores of South Carolina, in June of 2006.

9. Blue Shark

Top 10 World's Deadliest Sharks

Coming in at number nine on the list of the worlds ten deadliest sharks is the blue Shark, also know as Prionace glauca. It has attacked 32 humans killing 3 humans. The most heavily fished shark is Blue shark and found in all over world. Each year, They estimate that 10 to 20 million are killed.

These shark are valuable for human, people use their flesh sometimes to eat but mainly to make fishmeal, their fins for soup, their skin for leather and their liver for oil. For attacking small fishing boats and divers, the Blue shark are known. It has light bodied with long pectoral fins and look for a deep blue top, lighter blue sides and a white bottom.

Blue shark are rise to 3.8 meters (12.5 feet) or longer and naturally weigh around 136 kilograms (300 pounds) to 182 kilograms (400 pounds), but can also grow up to 205 kilograms (450 pounds). The largest blue shark 240 kilograms as was recorded.

The menu for blue sharks meals are cuttlefish, pelagic octopuses also lobster, shrimp, crab, a large number of bony fishes, small sharks, mammalian carrion and the occasional sea bird. At 5-6 years old, female blue sharks mature and the duration of pregnancy is 9-12 months.

10. Lemon Shark

Top 10 World's Deadliest Sharks

In the subtropical and tropical parts of the Atlantic coast of North and South America, the Lemon Shark can be seen mainly. Among scientist the lemon sharks are very popular because they survive well in captivity. Lemon sharks can become very aggressive during the mating season. Since 1850 there have been 22 lemons shark attacks and none have been fatal.

When hits between 1.5 and 2 meters in length, a lemon shark are mature and the females give birth to 4-17 pups. As the record lemon shark was 3.4 meters in length and weighed 183 kilograms, In the Pacific islands of Polynesia, French Polynesia, Tahiti, Cook Islands, and Tongas, these types of shark can be found.

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  • Mike

    You said the Great White was the largest predator in the sea. This is incorrect, while the Orca, Sperm Whale, and several others are larger predators.

  • Eric

    Very good facts about the Top 10 most aggresive Sharks!