Shark Month Profile: The Bull Shark
By Matt O'Hern // June 3, 2014
ABOVE VIDEO: The bull shark is widely considered one of the most aggressive sharks. Bull sharks are known to swim upstream and have been found hundreds of miles away from the ocean in rivers, including rivers in South America’s Amazon River. They have also been found in the Mississippi River, as far north as Illinois.
Thanks to Peter Benchley’s novel, “Jaws” (Along with Steven Spielberg’s movier adaptation of the novel), the great white shark earned the reputation as the world’s most aggressive shark, but the shark which inspired Peter Benchley’s may have been the bull shark.
During the first 12 days of July in 1916, five shark attacks were reported along a inside seone coastal town of New Jersey were initially reported as great white shark attacks. Decades later, many marine scientists believe bull sharks were the likely perpetrator, due to the fact that several of the attacks occurred up stream.
BULL SHARK FACTS
- Live up to 16 years.
- Highest testosterone level of any other animal species.
- The bull shark can survive in fresh water.
- Weigh up to 500 pounds.
- Grow up to 12 feet long.
BELOW VIDEO: BBC’s profile of the bull shark.
BELOW VIDEO: National Geographic’s profile of the bull shark.