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Shark Week: Shark Awards [infographic]

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Sharks are so incredible, but which sharks are the best? Based on numbers by the ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research, we’ve declared winners in several categories. In addition to the awards listed above here are a few more honorable mentions:

Award Winner Record
Biggest Hammer (relative to size) Winghead Shark Boomerang-shaped, width about 50% body length
Flattest Shark (least height in proportion to length) Tie: Wobbegongs & Angel Sharks Both are very flat
Largest Teeth (relative to size) Largetooth Cookiecutter Lower teeth proportionally twice as large as in White Shark
Least Specialized Diet (stomach contents) Tiger Shark Feeds on almost anything it can swallow
Most Poisonous Flesh (causing illness) Greenland Shark Must be boiled in several changes of water before eating
Showiest Leaping Shark Spinner Shark Spins on its axis, 2 to 4 times in mid-air

For a complete listing of available shark records, check out this page.

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4 Comments

  1. Crazyaboutsharks Dec 16, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Fucking love sharks

  2. Anonymous Aug 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    One interesting item of note is that Manta Rays are closely related to sharks and can jump as high as Mako Sharks (20 ft in the air). Who knew?

  3. Joseph LeBaron Aug 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I know. The honorable mention should go to the frilled shark who stays pregnant for 3.5 years. So it has that pregnant glow for long periods of time. So glowy.

  4. Kristin Jolley Aug 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    My favorite is “Most Glowy.”  I mean, really… where else can you give such an award?  Awesome.

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