The Ultimate Shark Diet Quiz
by Staff
What do most sharks eat? The short answer is: just about anything. The long answer is more complicated, since the almost 400 species of shark vary in their culinary tastes. Take our quiz and find out what sharks like to eat.

How did cookiecutter sharks get their name?

  • They like to eat cookies.
  • They look like a cookie cutter.
  • They take small bites from their prey.

How many shark species are there?

  • 200
  • 300
  • 400

All sharks are:

  • carnivorous
  • herbivorous
  • omnivorous

How often do sharks eat a meal?

  • every hour
  • every day
  • every two to three days

How do shark hunting habits help to perpetuate "survival of the fittest" within their environment?

  • They often kill the weak.
  • They often kill the sick.
  • both of the above

What does the average shark eat?

  • crustaceans
  • chickens
  • whales

Which species of shark likes to eat crabs and lobsters?

  • the blue shark
  • the hammerhead shark
  • the smooth dogfish shark

Which species of shark eats stingrays?

  • the hammerhead shark
  • the basking shark
  • the tiger shark

______ feeding is a method of aquatic feeding by which the animal draws in large amounts of water through its mouth.

  • filter
  • gill
  • water

Filter feeding sharks use their _____ to sift through ingested water to extract their food.

  • fins
  • gills
  • stomach

Which of the following shark species eat by filter feeding?

  • the basking shark
  • the whale shark
  • both of the above

How many gallons of water do basking sharks filter per hour?

  • 328,000 gallons (1.2 million liters)
  • 428,000 gallons (1.6 million liters)
  • 528,000 gallons (2 million liters)

Which type of larger fish do larger sharks sometimes eat?

  • tuna
  • sardines
  • herring

Which intelligent and friendly sea creature beloved by humans is sometimes eaten by great white, tiger and mako sharks?

  • sea horse
  • eel
  • dolphin

Which species of shark is known to eat the most non-living things?

  • the tiger shark
  • the cookiecutter shark
  • the basking shark

Which part of a shark's body offers clues to their foods of choice?

  • their stomachs
  • their mouths
  • their teeth

_____ are the shark's most threatening predator.

  • human beings
  • whales
  • boats

How many tons of shark and dogfish meat did the United States export in 2007?

  • more than 2,000 tons
  • more than 3,000 tons
  • more than 4,000 tons

Which of the following countries has banned the practice of shark finning?

  • Japan
  • China
  • Canada

How many of the almost 400 species of shark have ever made contact with humans?

  • 30
  • 130
  • 230