Bull Sharks

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Bull Sharks…

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Large and stout, bull sharks are about 13 feet (4 meters) in length. They are a very common species, and also highly aggressive and unpredictable, which makes them extremely dangerous. These sharks have often been known to attack humans. This is because they inhabit very shallow waters where humans swim, and also because they are very territorial.

Bull shark. PD image

Bull sharks are not fast, but they make up for their lack of speed with their sheer strength. They use the bump-and-bite technique to tackle their prey. They bump their bodies against their prey, and the weight of the shark disorients the prey and sometimes even kills it. The shark then eats the prey before it recovers. Bull sharks feed on almost any water animal available to them, sometimes even other sharks.

Man fighting a bull shark
Man fighting a bull shark. Image credit: Clinton & Charles Robertson cc2.0

The tiger shark and the great white shark will attack the bull shark. As a way of defending themselves, bull sharks regurgitate their food so that a predator will stop to eat that, allowing the bull shark to escape. Humans, however, are an even bigger threat to them, targeted for their skin, liver oil, flesh and fins.

To learn more about Bull Sharks, please see:
10 Interesting Facts About Bull Sharks!

Bull Sharks are also mentioned in:
Top 15 Most Dangerous Animals in the Amazon Rainforest!
Top Ten Shark Attack Facts!

Bull sharks are featured in the following books:
25 Top Predators in the World
25 Most Awesome Sharks
Sharks for Early Readers
25 River Monsters

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The YouTube video below contains a playlist of videos about bull sharks. The list of videos featured is underneath.

The Playlist:

  1. Bull Sharks by National Geographic – Bull sharks are known man-eaters. Crittercam goes with them to see how they hunt.
  2. Shark Attack in the River by National Geographic – The Bay of Bengal in India is where National Geographic looks at bull sharks and the danger they pose in rivers.
  3. Bull Sharks – Smart Sharks – BBC Earth – Scientist Eric Ritter joins Roboshark in the water with some ferocious looking Bull Sharks. He believes the sharks need three cues to bite, the right smell sight and sound.
  4. Bull Shark feeding in Fiji – From the Benedict Cumberbatch narrated BBC documentary [easyazon-link asin=”B003ZEQMFK” locale=”us”]South Pacific[/easyazon-link] – Fishermen of Fiji make more money feeding sharks for tourists then killing the sharks and selling the meat. The divers at Bega Lagoon get a rare treat as a massive Bull Shark, nicknamed Scarface, comes to feed.
  5. Shark Weekend – Bull Shark by DiscoveryTV – A brief look at the Bull Shark
  6. Killer sharks invade… golf course in Australia by Russia Today – Bull sharks washed up in the local golf course lake after the Brisbane floods in Australia.
  7. 15 Most Dangerous Animals in the Amazon Rainforest by IP Factly


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