The Ultimate Most Dangerous Sharks Quiz

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The Ultimate Most Dangerous Sharks Quiz
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Get the facts about shark attacks and you may feel less anxious in the water. Take this quiz to learn about the most dangerous sharks.
Of the 400 shark species alive today, how many have actually taken a bite out of a human?
30
About 30 of the 400 shark species have been involved in attacks on humans.
50
185

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How fast can the shortfin mako swim?
10 mph
20 mph
The short fin has been recorded swimming at 20 miles per hour (32 kph), making it the fastest of the shark species.
35 mph

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Why should swimmers not be concerned about a shark attack by the shortfin mako?
does not attack humans
swims in deep waters
The shortfin mako swims in very deep waters, so beach goers should not worry about an encounter with one.
both answers

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What prey is the shortfin mako most interested in pursuing?
swordfish
The shortfin mako prefers swordfish.
humans
tuna

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Who may the first to arrive to the scene of a shipwreck?
oceanic whitetip shark
The oceanic whitetip shark may be the first to arrive, but it is not there to aid the victims.
coast guard
hammerhead shark

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Where can you get reliable information about shark attacks?
movies
International Shark Attack File
The International Shark Attack File is a reliable source, but even they admit their figures are not perfect.
local newspaper

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What is a provoked shark attack?
trying to interact with a shark
Trying to interact with a shark while diving is an example of behavior that might provoke a shark attack.
boogie boarding
swimming

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What is one of the most plentiful large fish in the ocean?
great white
oceanic whitetip
The oceanic whitetip shark is one of most populous of the large fish species.
tuna

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Which shark is known for eating pretty much anything?
tiger
The tiger shark does not have a discriminating appetite, and would be more likely to eat a human than other shark species.
great white
bull

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Where did Australian police find evidence of a murder?
tiger shark
A tiger shark housed in an aquarium regurgitated a severed human arm. The arm had been severed by a knife, not the shark's razor sharp teeth.
dumpster
local pond

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Why should sea turtles fear the tiger shark?
chews through the sea turtle's shell
The tiger shark's teeth are so sharp they can chomp through a sea turtle shell with out any effort.
eats turtle eggs
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How many fatalities are tiger sharks credited with?
28
Tiger sharks are credited with 28 fatalities.
45
176

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Why should people fear the bull shark?
swim in shallow water
Bull sharks have been reported swimming in very shallow water depths where people frequent. They are very territorial and you could provoke a shark attack while frolicking in their surf.
swim in deep water
most populous shark

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Where do bull sharks live?
fresh water
salt water
both answers
Bull sharks live in salt and fresh water.

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How does the sand tiger shark deal with sibling rivalry?
bite them
eats them
The sand tiger shark eats its siblings while in the womb.
steals prey

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How does the Greenland shark avenge its own death?
poisonous when eaten
The Greenland shark's flesh is poisonous when eaten.
bitter tasting
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Which shark is the most dangerous to people and boats?
great white shark
The great white shark, star of the movie "Jaws", is the most dangerous shark.
bull shark
tiger shark

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Who is the author of the book "Jaws"?
John Irving
Peter Benchley
Peter Benchley wrote the book, and he later admitted that the great white shark is not a killing machine as depicted in the movie.
Ayn Rand

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What do great white sharks prefer to eat?
seals
sea lions
both answers
If given a menu, the great white shark would order up a meal of nice fatty seals or sea lions.

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Where do great white sharks usually swim?
shallow waters
deeper waters
Great white sharks usually frequent deeper waters, so swimmers will most likely never encounter one; but surfers should be wary as their boards may look like a tasty seal to a juvenile great white shark.
both answers

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