10 Most Rare Shark Species Hidden In The Ocean
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10 MOST RARE SHARK SPECIES
HIDDEN IN THE OCEAN
Sharks are fascinating creatures. Although when you hear the word, the image that initially pops up in
your head might be the more popular great white sharks.
Interestingly, there are many more rare and exotic species of sharks out there in the ocean's depths and
in this video, we're going to be showing you the 10 most rare shark species hidden in the ocean. Make
sure to stick around to find out which horrible shark species looks like a frightening prehistoric snake!
Don't forget to hold your breath.
#10 NURSE SHARK
Hilariously referred to as the "couch potato of the shark world," the nurse shark leads a very lazy,
unbothered, and sedentary life. It basically rests throughout the entire day and rises up only at night to
creep over the sandy ocean floor to search for food.
Honestly, that sounds like me throughout the whole of quarantine. As the nurse shark creeps over the
sandy floors and coral reefs of its shallow-water habitat, it simply and very lazily, starts slurping up little
animals along the way.
However, despite the nurse shark being relatively slow and unproblematic, it is still important to give it
all the space it needs. After all, it is still a shark and people who make the mistake of being too relaxed
or careless around the nurse shark end up with more than a few injuries. Getting too close to where the
shark has chosen to rest might lead to unexpected lashing out. Seriously, this thing might be my spirit
Other sharks like Great whites and whale sharks breathe by swimming nonstop, but this lazy shark
species actually has a breathing mechanism, called buccal pumping that helps it breathe. Who said being
a couch potato didn't come with any benefits?
#9 THE WOBBEGONG
This is yet another cool shark species that will have you wondering why Great Whites get all the
spotlight and movie time. The Wobbegong is said to have been named in an Australian aboriginal
language, and the word is said to literally translate to "shaggy beard", and as you can see, that's a
fantastically fitting name
This shark that you're seeing right now might look like an old dusty rug that's been sitting in the
basement for months but trust me, it's a whole lot more fascinating. This spectacular species is a
bottom-dwelling shark that loves to stay very close to the ocean floor and is seldom seen swimming up
top and terrorising anybody.
Its green-brownish skin is covered in a unique pattern of bold markings that helps it to camouflage
perfectly in the sand so if a deep-sea diver were to get a little careless, an interesting encounter could
occur and trust me when I say their bites really really hurt.
Here's an interesting fact about this rug-like shark: it has terrible eyesight and only very sluggishly, hunts
for food at night. Like the nurse shark, Wobbegongs don't need to move to breathe, and they also use a
"walking mechanism" to creep on the surface of the ocean in which they stomp along the ocean floor
with their pectoral and pelvic fins. How cool is that?
#8 THE BASKING SHARK
The basking shark is a large and monstrous shark that can grow up to ridiculous lengths of more than 10
metres, making it the second-largest fish in the ocean.
This shark waits around in the water and leaves its huge mouth open so that it can catch anything that
passes by. Its mouth is so large and can span more than one metre wide.
Despite the ferocious and undeniably frightening appearance of the basking shark, this species will not
be latching onto your leg for food. The large shark is thankfully a type of filter-feeding shark that mainly
feeds on plankton.
When water passes through its gills, the spines of the gill rakers separate the plankton from the water.
The shark then closes its mouth and pumps water out through its gills. That seems like a pretty swell and
easy way to eat.
Each year, the basking shark trades its old Gill rakers for some new ones by shedding and regrowing.
They love to make their trips in groups of about 100, and as the name also suggests, they love to swim
very close to the surface with its dorsal fin out of the water and bask in the sun.
#7 ANGEL SHARK
Attention: we have an angel in our midst. Ah yes, the angel shark. This shark species is a very special
type of shark. The shark has a very flat body and possesses extremely long pelvic and pectoral fins which
make it often mistaken for a ray. However, unlike rays, this bottom-dwelling shark uses its long fins to
move around, something like the walking mechanism observed in the Wobbegong and the nurse shark.