You’re more likely to be bitten by another person than by a shark, but that hasn’t stopped us from recounting nightmare stories of the ocean’s most talked about predator. Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week is both a response to and an example of popular interest in one of the world’s most-feared predators.

Hundreds of shark species dart through oceans worldwide, with some being the size of your hand and others larger than a school bus. Even though the fear isn’t that warranted–you’re more likely to be killed by a falling coconut than a great white—the shark’s deftness as a predator warrants our curiosity. So whether you tune into Shark Week or not, wow your friends with these fascinating shark facts:

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Although scientists have quelled most of the media-driven fears surrounding sharks, this insane slow-motion footage of a shark attacking a seal shows just how cunning and powerful this predator truly is.

Enjoy these fascinating shark facts? Check our other posts on interesting facts and amazing facts about ocean animals!

Kiri Picone
Kiri Picone
Bay Area transplant Kiri Picone is a writer and marketer who loves bizarre news and the color purple.
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