No matter how frightened you may be of the ocean’s ultimate hunter there’s really no escaping how awesome and awe-inspiring these animals are. With more than 465 known species, sharks are the top of their food chain, apex predators just likes us. But they’ve been around a lot, lot, longer—thought to have originated some 300 million years ago and adopting their current day body structures about 140 million year ago.

Every species of shark is a little different, encompassing a rather unreal array of characteristics, qualities and abilities. Here’s some of the coolest facts you likely don’t know about the lions of the sea.

 

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