The Most Odd-looking and Amazing Sharks

For more than a million years, sharks are the marine species that have gone through the evolution to evolve as the most efficient fish for their perfect role at the top of the food chain in the marine ecosystem. You may have seen Jaws in a movie, but have you ever wondered about other bizarre looking and amazing sharks that live on our planet?

Over 350 million years ago, that was before the existence of the dinosaurs, sharks already existed in most of the waters in the world. They are many varieties of sharks with about 368 different species of them being known. They include bull shark, whale shark, and hammerhead sharks, to name a few of them.

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Sharks, basically, are boneless and their skeleton is mainly made of cartilage which is as hard as bones, and their skeleton is just like their vertebrae and is calcified. They have many varieties of body shapes, with some of them having an elongated body shape. At one time, sharks could have up to 3,000 teeth but they are of little use since most sharks prefer to gulp down their prey in large pieces instead of chewing their food.

Saw Sharks

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Saw sharks (or Pristiophoriformes) have long blade-like snouts edged with teeth resembling a saw, which they use as a useful tool to disable and even slash their prey. They can grow up to 5m in length, and the Japanese saw shark (Pristiophorus japonicas), the Bahamas saw shark (Pristiophorus schroederi), and the long nose shark (Pristiophorus cirratus) are some of the identified species which can be found in waters from South Africa to Australia and Japan. Like other sharks, they have gills on each side of the neck and they feed on squids, crustaceans, shrimps and bony fish.

Spined Pygmy Sharks

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Having a spine in front the first dorsal fin, Spined Pygmy sharks are one of the smallest uncommon sharks averages 7 to 8 inches ( or 18-21cm) long with males average about 7 inches (=18cm long) and females reaching maximum length of just 8 inches. They are found inhabiting primarily in deep water down to 2,000 m but they migrate vertically to the mid-depth waters of 200 m each day to hunt for food. As they have bio-luminescence (or luminous photophores) positioned on their bellies running along their midsection, they can blend easily with ambient light conditions, and be camouflaged from both prey and predators.

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36 Responses to “The Most Odd-looking and Amazing Sharks”
  1. Lex92 Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    definitly odd looking and amazing! Great article!


  2. Wiggles18 Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Wicked stuff.


  3. GodsGrace Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Wow! Thats amazing


  4. valli Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Fascinating stuff.


  5. PARAM Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Amazing work…..i like it.


  6. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I didn’t realise sharks came in so many different shapes. A brilliant article.

    Christine


  7. webseowriters Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Nice job, Thanks for sharing


  8. Uma Shankari Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Awesome pictures. I loved the accompanying information too.


  9. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Wow! …really strange and weird looking sharks indeed. nice photographs chan. T+up. loved it. keeeep-it up :)


  10. Joe Dorish Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Great shark article Chan! Some cool looking and some just plain ugly sharks.


  11. CA Johnson Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    This is a great article about sharks. They look pretty scary in these pics.


  12. LP Jardine Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Great article. Some very scary pics. Odd, yet fanscinating animals share our
    planet.


  13. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Chan, these sharks sure are scary looking. I don’t think I’d swim with any of them. lol


  14. giftarist Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Indeed bizarre looking sharks. Fascinating write as always, friend. Thumbs up!


  15. heidiefernandez Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    nice post… very interesting….


  16. Fornis Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    They are portrayed to be very scary in Jaws movie. I didn’t know much about them before I saw Jaws movie. Interesting post.


  17. Eunice Tan Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Really awesome. Great article.


  18. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On August 18, 2010 at 12:11 am

    So many different types of sharks…that’s really interesting.


  19. Jamie Myles Says...

    On August 18, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Excellent article on sharks. This is quite interesting and the pictures are awesome.


  20. Jenny Heart Says...

    On August 18, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Very interesting indeed! I hated the movie Jaws too. LOL


  21. K Kristie Says...

    On August 18, 2010 at 7:38 am

    great work, chan!


  22. ShaFar Says...

    On August 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Very nice article. Sharks are scary creatures.


  23. BC Doan Says...

    On August 19, 2010 at 7:29 am

    What a great share, Chan..Although I’m not fond of shark because of the movie Jaw, but I still find them very fascinating..


  24. carissimi Says...

    On August 19, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    enjoyed learning a little about these odd looking animals


  25. PR Mace Says...

    On August 20, 2010 at 11:58 am

    What a great article. I find sharks of interest and I love to see them in a safe place, not while swimming in the ocean.


  26. Inna Tysoe Says...

    On August 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Good article and really good use of pics as ever.

    Inna


  27. DrLopez Says...

    On August 27, 2010 at 6:20 am

    I gotta say, sharks are some of the most ugly looking creatures on this planet! I love the image of all the hammerheads. Nice!


  28. Aileen Tecson Says...

    On September 2, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Love the photos but hate to be near them ;-)


  29. Likha Says...

    On September 2, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Even sharks come in different packages. Such diverse world we live in. Thanks for letting us take a peak into these marine creatures.


  30. Chris Stonecipher Says...

    On September 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Chan,
    These sharks look quite scary. Thanks for the inside look on these sharks. It is very educational. Blessings, Chris


  31. Joseph Scott Says...

    On September 4, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Great pictures! Thanks for the post


  32. Percy Says...

    On September 5, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Thanks for the nice share regarding amazing sharks. Informative and educational..


  33. Saxenadhi Says...

    On September 9, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    great article


  34. earthlyjewels Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 2:54 am

    very interesting! I love to go snorkeling and if i ever saw these sharks, that would be cool but maybe a bit scary.
    Thanks for the post!


  35. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 5, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Those basking sharks have it easiest.


  36. Ivy Says...

    On November 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    on antiga in a waterpark you floated down a tube where saw sharks were gliding over your head just inches from your face
    it was the scariest thing i have ever seen


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