Shark Senses
Tiger Shark © James Wiseman.

Sharks are highly complex predators with extremely developed senses.

Excluding the smaller members of the order Squaliformes (dogfish), the brains of many species of shark are comparable in size and complexity to those of mammals. The brains of hammerhead sharks and devil rays are particularly advanced. This enables a shark to process a wide range of senses.

Humans have five senses which enable them to register sight, smell, sound, taste and touch. Sharks have all of these senses and more, as they are also able to sense electrical currents and pressure changes. These additional senses help the shark to survive in a diverse range of habitats, navigate the wide oceans, hunt prey and even detect a potential mates pheromones.

Find out more about shark senses by clicking on the links below:

Smell

Sight

Sound

Touch

Taste

Electroreception (Ampullae of Lorenzini)

Pressure Changes (Lateral Line)