There are sharks in the Chesapeake Bay. Due to the low salinity of the water, bull sharks are one of the few shark species that can survive in the Chesapeake Bay.Know More
Bull sharks are one of the most common and aggressive types of sharks. Although they mainly inhabit bodies of saltwater, they can tolerate freshwater. Fish biologist Zeb Hogan has found that young bull sharks tend to use freshwater areas as nurseries where they can feed and grow in relative safety from predators.
Despite the prevalence of sharks in Chesapeake Bay, few shark attacks are reported along the Maryland coast. One reason is that Maryland's coastline is relatively short, but the large jellyfish population during the summer also is a factor. Few people choose to venture into the water, preferring to avoid encounters with jellyfish.Learn more about Sharks
The size of a shark depends on its species. The largest living shark, the whale shark, averages 31.82 feet long. The extinct megalodon was even bigger at about 60 feet long. The smallest shark is the dwarf lanternshark, which is only 6.7 inches long.Full Answer >
Different sharks communicate within their own species in different ways; for example, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History reports that great white sharks can communicate with each other by gaping their jaws while the University of Michigan says that gray reef sharks communicate using their senses of sight and touch. In general, sharks are not believed to have linguistic communication abilities, relying instead on other senses to communicate.Full Answer >
If sharks became extinct, there would be ecological repercussions, such as small animal extinction, algae overgrowth and coral reef death. Sharks are a crucial part of the marine ecosystem and are necessary for the world's oceans to operate.Full Answer >
The largest shark, a whale shark grows to a length of 60 feet or more and can weigh as much as 20 tons. Whale sharks are not only the biggest shark in the world but also the biggest fish.Full Answer >