Amazing Animals: Shark Attack Quiz
by Staff
Many shark attacks, while deadly, are mistakes. So why do sharks attack humans? And how can you avoid being mistaken for prey next time you're at the beach?

A shark is most likely to mistake a human on a surfboard for:

  • another shark
  • a beluga whale
  • a sea turtle

Sharks detect the smell of blood in the water and the electrical impulses of a dying fish through sensors in their:

  • snout
  • teeth
  • dorsal fin

The majority of shark attacks:

  • occur after a shark stalks a surfer or swimmer for up to an hour, attacking only after its prey is alone
  • occur in the morning or early afternoon, as sharks are usually sleeping in the late afternoon or early evening
  • occur when a shark mistakes a human for its usual prey

Great white sharks:

  • will usually attack and bite anything in the water, whether they think it's prey or not
  • are usually very picky about what they attack, refusing to bite anything that they don't think is prey
  • usually attack prey as a display of dominance when they think another shark is acting too aggressively

Which of the following is true about shark attacks that occur in deep waters?

  • They are less common than attacks in shallow waters because sharks rarely swim at such depths.
  • They tend to be instances where the shark circles its prey before moving in, as opposed to most hit-and-run attacks.
  • They are more common than most shark attacks, because sharks are less cautious about losing their prey to other sharks at such depths.

Which of the following shark species demonstrates atypical attack behavior?

  • bull sharks
  • hammerhead sharks
  • tiger sharks

How many pounds per square inch can a shark generate with its teeth?

  • 2,000 pounds
  • 20,000 pounds
  • 40,000 pounds

How do most attack victims die?

  • from sudden, traumatic injuries
  • from blood loss
  • from lethally low body temperature

What species of shark is considered the most dangerous?

  • great white sharks
  • tiger sharks
  • bull sharks

What U.S. state consistently has the most shark attacks?

  • Florida
  • Massachusetts
  • California