Thanks to Steven Spielberg, everyone knows that if there’s a slippery silver fin in the sea, you should never go in the water—or you’re going to need a bigger boat. As of 2018, 130 people were attacked by sharks in various seas over the world. 66 of these were unprovoked attacks.
What makes sharks so scary is not just the fact that they can outmaneuver any animal in the water or that humans aren’t well-acquainted with the aquatic life. It’s their giant, imposing, dreadful set of teeth—and there are so many things you don’t know about them!
Imagine a conveyor belt. Now, imagine this conveyor belt is an extended jaw, with smaller teeth coming out and moving up—that’s a shark’s mouth for its life. A shark without its teeth is like an elephant without its tusks.
Yes, that’s correct. Sharks have anywhere from 5 to 15 rows of teeth—but if you were unfortunate enough to be confronted by a bull shark, you’re in for some grave trouble. These aquatic bulls are no less aggressive and have 50 terrifying rows or razor-sharp teeth. Their mouths spell doom—they are, rightly so, the most dangerous of all sharks in the ocean.
The Biggest Sharks are the Nicest
The gentle giant myth comes true when it comes to humongous whale sharks—these big guys might have muscle, but they’re not looking for big meat.
Their palate is more settled for plankton, fish eggs, krill, and other tiny treasures that most humans can’t even spy with their eyes.
Does a Shark Brush its Teeth?
Contrary to the teeth cleaning stop-shop (“whale wash”) as depicted in Shark Tale, shark (or other fish, for instance) don’t need fluoride action on their teeth.
Their teeth are naturally covered with fluoride and are resistant to cavities. They also don’t eat candy a lot down there, and end up saving much on dentists’ bills.
How Does a Baby Shark Feed?
Remember what we said about a shark without teeth? Sharks are born with teeth. Because baby sharks du-du-duel to the death in their mother’s womb, and need a row of little knives for the contest.
Do Shark Lose Many Teeth?
They do. One tooth a week. Their teeth aren’t attached to roots or the gum, and fall quickly. They are also replaced quickly—in just a day. The Tooth Fairy has no power here.
Spielberg Got the Title for Jaws Right
Crocs are usually known for their raw jaw power, but sharks have an advantage few other animals can boast of: their upper jaws can move (yours is attached to the skull like most animals) and thrust forward with full-force, along with the lower jaw when they move in for the kill.
Why are Shark Teeth Fossils Black?
Although white when they fall, shark teeth get covered by sediment and sand, still protected from rot and bacteria. The teeth absorb minerals and replace the enamel with the minerals—thus taking on the mineral’s color.
How Much Does a Fossilized Megalodon Tooth
The Megalodon is a now-extinct (thank God for that) relative of the Great White that can cost $300 or more!
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