Top biggest sharks in the world! These are the world’s biggest sharks like the basking shark and the scariest sharks on Earth including the largest shark in the world!
7. Great Hammerhead Shark (20ft/ 6.1m)
This shark is the largest of the hammerheads and reaches a length of 20 feet. It is found all over the world in tropical waters and is easily recognized because of the shape of its head, which is more extensive and straighter than that of other hammerheads. This predator’s diet consists of numerous creatures, including squid, fish, crustaceans, and other, smaller sharks. It also uses its hammer, or cephalofoil, to turn quickly and hit and trap its favorite meals: stingrays. Although the spines of the rays are often found stuck in the great hammerhead’s mouth, they don’t seem to irritate the giant shark. They are viviparous (veye-vih-por-us), which means after their growing young deplete their yolk supply, the sac transforms into something similar to a placenta, and the sharks give birth to live young after an 11-month gestation period. The great hammerhead can give birth to up to 55 pups at a time… that’s a lot of kids! Although aggression towards humans isn’t likely, there have been instances where these sharks have charged divers entering the water; so, it doesn’t hurt to scope out the area before going for a swim. Like other species, great hammerheads are often hunted and are considered endangered by the IUCN.
6. Great White Shark (20ft/ 6.1m)
This is perhaps the most frightening shark in the world thanks to Jaws. This infamous creature is a force to be reckoned with even off-screen. It is usually found near the surface in coastal areas and is responsible for the vast majority of shark bites on people. There have been upwards of 300 of these incidents, 80 of which resulted in lost lives. Considering its size, it isn’t surprising that a bite could be lethal; the great white can grow up to 20 feet and weigh as much as 5,000 pounds! Plus, this aquatic giant doesn’t have any known predators besides the occasional killer whale; however, they’ve very rarely been known to go after great white sharks. These predators are carnivorous, and their diet consists of various animals like fish, dolphins, whales, seals, sea lions, turtles, and seabirds; but, they prefer eating creatures with high-fat content for energy. One of the great white’s techniques for hunting this type of prey is breaching; the shark can launch itself more than 10 feet out of the water. In 2011, a 9-foot-long great white jumped clean out of the water and onto a boat in Mossel Bay… luckily for the seven people onboard, the shark wasn’t trying to eat the vessel, it was only an accident.