Wild Fact #75 – The Most Dangerous Shark – Bull Shark

Most Dangerous Shark - Bull Shark

Cool Facts About The Bull Shark

  • It is believed that the Bull Shark has the strongest bite among all shark species
  • Other names for this strong biter include the Zambezi Shark, Zambi and Nicaragua Shark
  • While sharks typically stick to saltwater environments, the Bull Shark has been known to wander up freshwater streams (occasionally being found thousands of miles up the Amazon River or Mississippi River)…so be on the lookout.
  • Typically the Bull Shark measures between 2.1 to 3.4 metres (7 to 11.5 feet) in length and can weigh up to 230 kilograms (500 pounds).

Worlds Most Dangerous Shark

Not only does the Bull Shark have the strongest bite among all other sharks, many researchers have labeled them as the most dangerous sharks in the world. While this  has a lot to do with their strong jaws, it is also because these sharks are known to be very aggressive and tend to inhabit shallow water where people usually hang out. As a result, people will occasionally end up on the wrong end of a shark attack (is there a right end of a shark attack?). Luckily, Bull Sharks prefer feeding on smaller fish, turtles, dolphins and other sharks. It is believed that they only attack humans if they are curious about them or if they mistake them for prey. It is probably very important to introduce yourself to the Bull Shark so they realize that you are not a turtle or another fish.

Most Dangerous Shark - Bull Shark

Photo by Terry Goss (Wikipedia)

Don’t Get Fresh With Me

With most sharks, you are safe if you just stick to freshwater systems. But, as mentioned earlier, that is not the case with the Bull Shark. Interestingly enough, these sharks have kidney’s that have evolved in order to retain salt in their body. Similarly, these dangerous fish also have specialized glands by the base of their tail that also helps out with storing salt for later. Incredibly, these sharks have been known to travel up the Mississippi River as far north as Illinois and even Massachusetts (if it is a warm season). They also like the views of the Amazon River and will often travel thousands of miles up this freshwater system just because they can. Apparently, even freshwater systems are no longer safe from shark attacks.

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