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    Shark Jigsaw Puzzle

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About Sharks

Sharks have prowled Earth's seas, essentially unchanged, for 400 million years. Their size, power, and great, toothy jaws fill us with fear and fascination. And though sharks kill only a few people each year, media coverage and movie portrayals of attacks have marked sharks as voracious killing machines. Our fears—and appetites—fuel an industry that hunts more than 100 million sharks each year and threatens to purge these vital predators from the oceans.

Shark Features

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    Shark Mating, Selection, and Systems Project

    NGS/Waitt grantee Nick Whitney is using accelerometers to study fine-scale aspects of shark behavior that cannot be observed directly.

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    All About the Ocean

    Explore and discover the world's oceans like never before with facts, photos, news, video, and more!

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    Great White Shark

    Find out what's fact and what's fiction concerning the world's most notorious shark. See why great whites have more to fear from humans than vice versa.

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    See What's Inside

    Find out what makes the great white shark the largest predatory fish on Earth with this interactive feature from NGC's Great White Odyssey.

Shark News

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    Each Shark Worth $2 Million?

    Sharks are worth far more alive than dead, according to a new study on their contribution to the economy of Palau.

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    Photos: Strange Deep-Sea Beasts

    See a "prehistoric" shark, a hairy anglerfish, jellyfish glowing like Avatar extras, and more oddities of the Deep Australia Project.

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