Sharks are one of the underrated animals of the sea. Sure, they have been at the center of plenty of stories, but not everyone appreciates their immense power and strength. So what is fact, and what is fiction when it comes to bull sharks?
Are bull sharks known to be aggressive?
There is no set answer when it comes to learning if a bull shark is aggressive or not. While some claim they target humans more than other species of shark, this is usually because bull sharks have a lower tolerance to being provoked, meaning they will react if they are bothered by people for too long. They tend to do this by snapping with a curious soft bite to try and figure out what they’re dealing with. Plus, bull sharks become more active – and in theory more aggressive – when in warmer water.
How do bull sharks live in fresh and saltwater?
Amazingly, unlike other species, bull sharks have the ability to live in both fresh and saltwater. They do this by controlling the salt levels in their body, meaning they don’t lose or gain water through osmosis when moving from one to the other. One of the reasons for this is so young pups can live away from adult bull sharks to stay safe as they grow and develop.
How strong are bull sharks compared to others?
Bull sharks are some of the larger sharks in the world and some of the strongest. They have a huge bite pressure compared to their length, making them a force to be reckoned with. While they don’t have a bite as strong as their larger cousins, the great white shark, they are comparably stronger when they are both the same size.
Are bull sharks taking over cities?
In the last ten years, there have been plenty of reports of bull sharks taking over cities, especially around Australia. This is because the species has been spotted in warmer waters, often found around dense populations. However, there is no way to tell if they are starting to take over the waters, as counting sharks is much like trying to count grains of rice – almost impossible when they’re moving.
How do we stay safe around bull sharks?
There have been a handful of reports of bull shark bites in the last twenty years, with an even smaller number of people losing their lives to the species. So how do we stay safe around bull sharks? A study proved that the sharks like the change of salt levels after rainfall. This means staying away from rivers after heavy rain is one of the best ways to avoid running into one unexpectedly and treating them with respect if we spot one lurking from the riverbank.
It turns out that a lot of what we’ve heard about bull sharks is true, while many rumors are just that. Whatever the case, the species is an impressive feat of nature that shows just how much power and wonder can lurk underneath the surface of the water.