Q:

How fast do sharks swim?

A:

Quick Answer

The top speed of a shark varies between the individual species. There are over 400 species of sharks in the world's oceans, but the fastest known species is the shortfin mako and the slowest is the Greenland shark.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

The shortfin mako is the fastest shark in the ocean, able to reach a top speed of 31 miles per hour. This shark is also capable of breaching the ocean surface to capture prey, reaching heights of up to 20 feet.

The slowest shark in the ocean is the Greenland shark, able to reach a top speed of 1.7 miles per hour. As the name suggests, the Greenland shark lives in the Arctic Ocean.

The whale shark, the largest shark in the ocean, can reach a top speed of up to one body length per second. With a maximum size of 32.8 feet, the largest whale shark can reach a top speed of 22.4 miles per hour.

Learn more about Sharks

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What eats a shark?

    A:

    Though sharks are considered apex predators, they are often eaten by humans and are sometimes eaten by killer whales. Shark embryos from different fathers will also eat each other in utero, with the largest embryo of the bunch usually winning out.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What does the great white shark eat?

    A:

    Great white sharks eat mainly seals and sea lions. They also eat other types of fish and even sea turtles. Seals are a good source for great white sharks due to their large body fat ratios.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a male shark called?

    A:

    Male sharks are referred to as bulls or simply as males. Female sharks are only referred to as females, and the offspring of sharks are called pups.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the frilled shark?

    A:

    Reaching a maximum length of about 6 feet, the frilled shark is an eel-like species that is poorly known to science. The sharks derive their name from gills that feature “frilly” extensions. A primitive species, frilled sharks have six pairs of gill slits, rather than five, as seen in most other shark species. Frilled sharks live in deep water, and they are only rarely seen near the surface.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore