We have researched some of the most interesting bull shark facts so that you get to know all about bull shark. Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) has a white belly and gray-colored upper body. It is a warm-water shark and usually swims in shallow waters. Typically, bull shark likes to swim at about 98 feet. It swims both in fresh water as well as in saline bays which means it is diadromous species.
Bull Shark Facts for Kids
On average, bull shark is about 7 to 11.5 feet long and weighs around 200 to 500 pounds. The size of the largest bull shark ever recorded is 13 feet.
Bull Shark Lifespan: On average, it has a lifespan of about 16 years.
Male individual matures at about 15 years while females reach maturity at 18 years of age. Mating season starts from late summer until early fall. At birth, the size of pups is 70 centimeters.
A litter can range from 1 to 13 pups at a time.
Where Do Bull Sharks Live? Bull shark is found in southern Brazil, South Africa, Ecuador, Australia, India, Morocco, Baja California, the Philippines and Vietnam. Bull shark also swims in freshwater of West Bengal’s Brahmaputra Rivers and Lake Nicaragua.
What Do Bull Sharks Eat? Bull shark actively feeds on stingrays, sea urchins, turtles, sea cucumbers, krill, dolphins, lobsters, crabs, small bony fish and birds. In order to hunt down its prey, bull shark uses ‘bump-and-bite’ technique and can also head-butt its victim.
Like the White Shark and the Tiger Shark, the bull shark also has a tendency to attack humans. Occasionally, it is found to bite humans perhaps because it feeds in shallow waters i.e. depth of less than 100 feet.
The bite force of bull shark is 5,914 newtons.
Other names: Lake Nicaragua Shark, Zambezi Shark, Swan River Shark