How Do Sharks Breathe? | SHARK ACADEMY

Do sharks need to keep swimming all the time to keep breathing? Can they ever take a rest? I’m Jonathan Bird and this is Shark Academy! It used to be thought that sharks had to keep swimming all the time to keep water moving into their mouth and out through their gills so they could […]

Longtail Carpet Sharks | SHARK ACADEMY

You won’t find them in your carpet or your bamboo flooring, but they do walk! Have no idea what I’m talking about? You will! I’m Jonathan Bird and this is Shark Academy! The family of small bottom-dwelling sharks known as “Longtail Carpet Sharks” consists of two distinct genera, commonly known as the Bamboo sharks and […]

Shark Smell | SHARK ACADEMY

How good is a shark’s smell, and how important is it to the shark? I’m Jonathan Bird, and this is Shark Academy! Sharks have nostrils just like people. They’re called Nares or Nasal Cavities. But unlike the nostrils on a person, sharks can’t breath through theirs, they’re only for smelling. As you probably know, shark […]

Caribbean Reef Sharks | SHARK ACADEMY

It’s the most common shark in the Caribbean, and not only does it almost never attack anybody, but it’s the most popular shark for shark diving! I’m Jonathan Bird and this is Shark Academy! The Caribbean Reef Shark looks like a Galapagos Shark or a Gray Reef Shark, but it’s only found in the Caribbean […]

Shark Finning | SHARK ACADEMY

Sharks are endangered all over the world, and one of the reasons unfortunately, is soup. I’m Jonathan Bird and this is Shark Academy! Shark Fin Soup is a Chinese delicacy dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Like serving caviar at a party in the west, serving shark fin soup at an event in China symbolizes […]

Sand Tiger Sharks | SHARK ACADEMY

It has perhaps the most confusing name of any shark, and a mouthful of razor-sharp, pointy teeth! I’m Jonathan Bird, and this is Shark Academy! It’s known by many names: the Spotted Ragged Tooth shark, the Gray Nurse Shark, the Sand Tiger shark…but it’s not a Sand Shark, it’s not a Tiger shark, it’s not […]

Shark Reproduction | SHARK ACADEMY

Are they born from eggs or live born? Or both? How do sharks reproduce? I’m Jonathan Bird and this is shark academy! Unlike fish, which produce large amounts of eggs, most of which never reach maturity, sharks produce far fewer, but larger, offspring, and they have a much better chance of reaching adulthood. Sharks can […]

Shark Coloration | SHARK ACADEMY

Do sharks have camouflage? Do they need camouflage? I’m Jonathan Bird and this is Shark Academy! Most people, when they imagine a shark, think of something like this: a reef shark, with the classic sharky look. Almost all sharks of this type are grayish with a darker top and lighter underside. This is called countershading. […]

Great White Sharks | SHARK ACADEMY

It’s the animal we know as JAWS, and has quite a reputation for attacking people. I’m Jonathan Bird and this is shark academy! This is the Great White Shark. The Great White Shark! Not to be confused with the wimpy White Shark, or the Mediocre White Shark, which are two distinct sub-species of the Great […]

Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks | SHARK ACADEMY

It looks mean and it travels in big groups, but it’s actually a scaredy cat. I’m Jonathan Bird and this is Shark Academy! Hammerheads are very easy to identify because of that big, hammer-like head. Of course there are multiple species. The Scalloped Hammerhead has a particular shape that makes it easy to identify, but […]