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All About Sharks!

Geologic Time Chart
Introduction to Sharks Introduction to Rays Anatomy Shark and Ray Species Extreme Sharks Extinct Sharks Classification Shark Glossary Shark Index Printables, Worksheets, and Activities

SHARK ANATOMY
Tiger shark

SHARK SWIMMING


Shark swimming is more like flying than swimming.

Some sharks are fast-swimming (up to 40 mph or 64.4 kph) predators that live in the open ocean, some are slow-swimming bottom dwellers that eat shell fish, and some are slow-swimming filter-feeders that sieve tiny animals and plants to eat.

Unlike fish, sharks cannot stop suddenly or swim backwards. A shark's pectoral fins cannot bend upwards like a fish, limiting its swimming ability to forward motion. If a shark needs to move backwards, it uses gravity to fall, not swim backwards. Sharks must swerve to the side in order not to hit something - they cannot simply stop.

Some sharks (like the great white shark) swim by propelling itself through the water using its tail. The fins are only used for balance. Other sharks, like the whale shark, move their bodies from side to side to propel themselves through the water.

A shark must keep swimming or it will sink.




SHARK ANATOMY
Tiger shark





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