Shark Anatomy

Over the last few million years, sharks have evolved highly developed and diverse characteristics that make them impressive and formidable predators. 

With so much shark diversity it can be difficult to see what they all have in common but despite the huge variation in colour, pattern, size and shape, all sharks are very similar in terms of their biology.

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All species have a cartilaginous skeleton and the same senses; however differences can be seen in their teeth structure, number of gills and reproduction methods. Click on the following links to find out more about shark anatomy:

Kitefin Shark skeleton © Ryan Somma.

Epaulette Shark © Alex Mustard.

Tiger Shark Teeth © Wikimedia Commons, Stefan Kuhn.

Blacktip Reef Shark © James Lea.

Skeleton

Skin

Teeth

Fins

       
Whale Shark © Wikimedia Commons, Jaontiveros. Sandtiger Shark © Dray Van Beeck. Oceanic Whitetip Shark © Andrew Bellamy. White Shark © Sean Sequeira.

Gills
 

Neutral
Buoyancy

Muscles
 

Temperature
Control