The Coolest Sharks In The World

Sharks are equal parts terrifying, mysterious and incredible. With around 400 shark species existing in the world today, each has its own aesthetic, hunting techniques and temperament. Here are seven of the world’s coolest shark species:

Whale Shark

Coolest Sharks Whale Shark Mouth

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Growing to more than 40 feet in length, whale sharks are the largest fish species in the world. Despite their size, whale sharks prefer to feed on plankton, not people. Whale sharks also catch small fish and other animals by swimming with their mouth wide open. In a mechanism called “cross-flow filtration,” the shark uses its jaws to filter what enters into its mouth.

Coolest Sharks Whale Shark

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The Ghostly Cusk-Eel

Despite its name and appearance, the cusk-eel is not an eel but rather a fish. While the fish featured here is pretty small, the largest species of cusk-eel can be found traversing the 6,600-feet depths of the sea with a length of around 6.6 feet (2 meters).

The Deadly Draw Of The Clearfin Lionfish

Clearfin Lionfish

Despite its Miami Vice coloring, this isn’t much of a “fun-loving” fish. The venomous, carnivorous lionfish can be found cruising through the Indian and western Pacific Oceans, and unlike other lionfish, this species’ spines lack any kind of marking.

Not Your Average Catch Of The Day

Enormous Sunfish 1910

Caught and shot in 1910, the 3500-pound sunfish is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. For comparison’s sake, that’s the weight of around 17 newborn elephants.

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