When people mention the word Shark thoughts turn to the iconic film Jaws, visions of dead eyed monsters slowly patrolling the oceanic waters hunting down their next unfortunate item of prey. These amazing apex predators really are at the pinnacle of predator evolution and you can be rest assured that once a Shark has picked up a scent trail in the water or signs of an animal in distress they will not give up until they are chowing down on their meaty prize.
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Scientific Name: Selachimorpha
Shark skeletons are very different from those of bony fish. Sharks and other cartilaginous fish like skates and rays have skeletons made of cartilage and connective tissue. Because sharks do not have rib cages, they can easily be crushed under their own weight on land so have to be handled correctly when they are caught.
Another that makes Sharks different to other fish is their teeth which are embedded in the gums rather than directly fixed to the jaw, and are constantly replaced throughout life. Multiple rows of replacement teeth grow in a groove on the inside of the jaw and steadily move forward in comparison to a conveyor belt; some can sharks lose 30,000 or more teeth in their lifetime.
Average Size for Sharks
Sharks range in size from the smallest of cat sharks that can be found all around the worlds oceans up to the monstrously huge leaders of the Shark family. Species such as the beautiful Tiger shark and the well known self proclaimed king of the Sharks the Great White can reach sizes well in excess of 20ft in length make these some of natures most fantastic preadors.
Where to Catch Sharks
Sharks can be found in more or less every saltwater expanse on the planet with different species inhabit areas with different water temperatures. Some of the best places to target Sharks though would have to be the waters around Africa including Namibia and South Africa and also America with the Florida Keys being another very good place to fish for Sharks.
Fishing Methods for Sharks
Sharks are always best targeted using a big bloody bait, They love nothing more than sniffing out a big chunk of fish that has been placed in the water. When fishing from a boat a great way to fish is to suspend a bait under a float. When fishing from the beach you will be better off casting out a ledgered dead bait and waiting for that ratchet to scream off as a big toothy beast picks up the bait and runs.