Silk Shark: Velvet Killer

Thanks to the streamlined shape of the body, the silk shark can swim superbly. Silk sharks feed mainly on various fish.

The main distinguishing feature of sharks of this species is their soft placoid scales. It is thanks to this scale that sharks are called silky. These sharks are also called reef and sickle-shaped.

The body length of an adult silk shark reaches 2-3.5 meters. Body color is gray-brown or black. Life expectancy reaches 20 years.

A distinctive feature of this species is the presence of two dorsal fins, following each other.

Silk Shark (Carcharhinus falciformis).

Silk sharks are as common as white and blue sharks. As a rule, these sharks do not descend to a depth of more than 500 meters. They mainly swim in the upper layers of water at a depth of about 10 meters. Silk sharks prefer water heated in the sun.

Silk shark feeds on fish and shellfish.

The basis of the diet are various fish and shellfish. These predators attack tuna, mullet and squid.

Silk sharks are common throughout the planet.

Silk sharks inhabit almost the entire planet: in the tropics and subtropics, while they can swim in the open sea and swim close to the coast. They are habitual inhabitants of the Atlantic Ocean. Also live throughout Brazil from Massachusetts.

These sharks live about 25 years.

There are no silk sharks only in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. They also chose the waters of the Atlantic, or rather, the waters of the North Atoll and Spain. In addition, they are found in other waters around the world.

Silk sharks rarely attack humans.

The meat of silk sharks is edible. In addition, people use not only their meat, but also fat. Silk sharks practically do not attack people, but, nevertheless, several cases were recorded. These sharks can reach quite impressive sizes - about 350 centimeters. An individual weighing 346 kilograms was officially recorded. The life expectancy of these predators is also impressive - they can live up to 25 years.


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