Shark Facts for Kids

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Join Albert as he explores amazing shark facts for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners. Click on the images to hear silly sounds and then read about fun shark facts like what do sharks look like?, what sound do sharks make?, how big are sharks?, what do sharks eat?, where do sharks live?, and more fun facts about sharks!

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What do sharks look like?

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Sharks come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are huge and some are tiny. Some are fat and some are thin. And some have very, very sharp teeth!

Sharks don’t have any bones. Instead, they have a flexible skeleton made out of cartilage. They have very tough skin which is rough, like sand paper.

Most sharks have a pointy nose, triangular fins and lots of teeth.

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What sound do sharks make?

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Click the the image to hear the sound!

As far as we know, sharks don’t make any noise.

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How big are sharks?

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Whale sharks are the biggest sharks in the world and can grow as long as a bus. That’s 40 feet (12 meters) long!

Some sharks are tiny, only as big as your hand. The dwarf lantern shark is 8 inches (20 centimeters) long at the most.

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What do sharks eat?

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Sharks are carnivores. They eat fish, sea birds, mammals and invertebrates. Some sharks also eat sea turtles and sea snakes. Surprisingly, some of the largest sharks eat tiny plankton.

Sharks are notorious hunters, but they also eat dead things. A lot of sharks are opportunistic hunters which means that they will eat anything and everything they come across.

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Where do sharks live?

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Sharks live throughout the oceans. They are found in very deep water and shallow water close to the beach. Some live near coral reefs and some live in rivers. Some are found in warm, tropical waters and some are found in cold, polar waters.

More fun facts about sharks for kids

  • Sharks have to keep swimming to stop them from sinking to the bottom of the sea and to keep them breathing. They even swim in their sleep!
  • We have five senses: hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling and feeling. Sharks have six sense that allows them to feel electrical fields emitted by other animals.
  • Cookie cutter sharks are called that because when they bite, it makes the same shape like a cookie cutter makes.
  • Sharks are apex predators which means that they are at the top of the food chain. They are very important animals.
  • Sharks don’t need to brush their teeth, instead, they grow new ones. Some sharks grow new teeth every 2 weeks. That’s up to 30,000 teeth in a lifetime! How many teeth do you have?

Sources: Wikipedia, Live Science, Creative Commons, Britannica.com and Freesound.org

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Alphabetical list of animals that start with S

A full alphabetical list of popular animal names that begin with the letter S for toddlers and preschool kids.

  1. Sabre-Toothed Tiger (extinct)
  2. Salamander
  3. Salmon
  4. Sambar
  5. Sawfish
  6. Scorpion
  7. Sea Cucumber
  8. Sea Lion
  9. Sea Otter
  10. Sea Turtle
  11. Sea Slug
  12. Seahorse
  13. Seal
  14. Serval
  15. Shark
  16. Sheep
  17. Shrimp
  18. Skink
  19. Skunk
  20. Sloth
  21. Snail
  22. Snake
  23. Snow Leopard
  24. Snowshoe Hare
  25. Sparrow
  26. Spectacled Bear
  27. Sperm Whale
  28. Spider
  29. Spider Monkey
  30. Spiny Dogfish
  31. Sponge
  32. Squid
  33. Squirrel
  34. Starfish
  35. Stick Insect
  36. Stingray
  37. Stork
  38. Sugar Glider
  39. Sun Bear
  40. Swallow
  41. Swan
  42. Swordfish

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