The four most dangerous sharks to a human, identified.
Just that one word will strike fear in everyone’s heart when they are out in the ocean. We have to remember that we are entering into the shark’s watery world, we have to learn their rules so as not to endanger ourselves.
Out of more than 360 species of sharks left in the ocean, there are four species that have been identified as having the highest number of unprovoked attacks on humans and in most cases leading to death.
They are: the Great White, Oceanic Whitetip, Tiger and Bull sharks.
The Great White
White shark at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico
This species of shark is the largest predatory fish reaching a maximum size of 6 m (20ft) weighing a maximum of 1,900 kg (4,200 lb).
Did you know that this species of sharks lifts their heads above water regularly to gaze at the prey ( aka. spy-hopping). Some scientists theorised that they sharks learned this from their contact with humans!
The Oceanic Whitetip Shark
Oceanic whitetip shark with a small school of pilot fish
This species can grow up to 3 m (13 ft) and weight up to 170 kg (370 lb) or slightly more.
The oceanic whitetip is slow moving, but can take off with a sudden burst of speed, and are extremely aggressive. In fact, it has been the cause of the most number of human attacks compared to all the other species combined. They pose the greatest danger to humans when the human is out in the open sea and seen as prey.
The Tiger Shark
Mature sharks can reach up to 4.25m (14 ft) and weight up to 909 kg (2000 lb).
This species is also known as the ocean’s garbage can as it’s aggressive eating habit makes it ingest all of it’s prey, irregardless of nutritional value. There have been cases where automobiles number plates have been found in the belly of this shark.
The Bull Shark
Bull shark in The Burma Reef
This species of shark can grow up to 3.49 m (11.5 ft) and weigh up to 318 kg (700lb).
The bull sharks are often seen cruising in shallow waters. In India, where the local population will immerse the body of their love ones in the Ganges River to be purified after death, lure the sharks into its shallow waters where it eats the corpses as well as being responsible for killing and attacking a large number of people.