Sharks have always fascinated me and apparently I am not alone!

Shark week starts July 24, 2022 on the Discovery Channel.

Shark Week 2022 on Discovery Channel
Shark Week 2022 on Discovery Channel


All Shark Facts were found in 101 Amazing Facts about Sharks by Jack Goldstein

  • Some sharks are born live, whereas others hatch from eggs. These are often known as ‘mermaid’s purses’; they are tough and leathery, very unlike the eggs of a chicken for instance.
  • Shark’s skeletons are made completely of a soft, elastic tissue called cartilage which is very different to bone. When a shark dies its skin, organs, flesh and skeleton are entirely dissolved by the salt in the ocean, and the only thing that is left is its teeth.
  • Some species of shark have organs called photospheres which emit light; we believe this is either to act as a kind of camouflage or to attract a mate.
  • There are over 500 species of sharks living in the planet’s oceans.
  • Sharks have lived on this planet for an extraordinary amount of time. We now believe they evolved over 400 million years ago; amazingly that is even before the dinosaurs roamed the planet.


Sharks by Dr. Seuss

Sharks by Dr. Seuss

Learn all about sharks with The Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two in this sturdy rhymed board book that’s perfect for introducing babies and toddlers to these magnificent ocean creatures. Featuring more than ten different species of sharks (from whale sharks and tiger sharks to hammerheads and great whites), and reviewed for scientific accuracy by a noted expert, there’s no better way to introduce informational texts or the natural world to pre-readers than with the Cat in the Hat–someone who knows a LOT about having fun!

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Mako & Tiger : Two Not-So-Friendly Sharks by Scott Rothman and Mika Song

Mako is a hungry shark and wants everything for himself. Tiger is exactly the same way. These two competitive sharks are definitely not friends. But then a hook from above is dropped in the ocean and Tiger goes for the bait. Mako knows what he would want Tiger to do for him and rushes over to help. Is it possible that the two not-so-friendly sharks might become friends? Once they trade their favorite silly sayings, it looks like that just may happen.

Sharks : what do great whites, hammerheads, and whale sharks get up to all day? book cover

Sharks: What do Great Whites, Hammerheads, and Whale Sharks Get up to All Day? by Carlee Jackson and Chaaya Prabhat

Set over a 24-hour period, meet deadly tiger sharks, baby lemon sharks, and gigantic basking sharks in this kids’ nonfiction book about the coolest predators in the ocean.

Dive under the sea to follow the lives of individual sharks as they hunt, hide, and play their way through their day. Marine biologist and shark conservationist Carlee Jackson cleverly weaves the story from gargantuan whale sharks to tiny epaulette sharks (who hunt in rock pools!) in the style of a nature documentary. She also includes gentle science explanations perfect for future biologists.

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The Shark Book by Steve Jenkins

Sharp teeth, super senses, and those infamous fins–what’s not to love about sharks 

Caldecott Honor-winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page explore one of the world’s most notorious–and fearsome–animals. Learn what makes a shark a shark, what sharks like to eat, and how these predators of the deep have evolved. Ever wonder which shark is the smallest Or the fastest Even the most deadly You’ll find your answers in The Shark Book, with countless others.  

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Why sharks matter : a deep dive with the world’s most misunderstood predator by David Shiffman

Sharks are some of the most fascinating, most ecologically important, most threatened, and most misunderstood animals on Earth. More often feared than revered, their role as predators of the deep have earned them a reputation as a major threat to humans. But the truth is that sharks are not a danger to us–they’re in danger from us.

In Why Sharks Matter, marine conservation biologist Dr. David Shiffman explains why it’s crucial that we overcome our misconceptions and rise above cinematic jump scares to embrace sharks as the imperiled and elegant ocean guardians they really are.

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Emperors of the Deep: Sharks the Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians by William McKeever

At once a deep-dive into the misunderstood world of sharks–specifically, great whites, makos, hammerheads, and tigers–and an urgent call to protect them, Emperors of the Deep tells the true story about the ocean’s most mysterious, most misunderstood, and most important guardians. From the family-friendly waters of Cape Cod to the coral reefs of the Central Pacific, where great whites mysteriously congregate every fall in what scientists refer to as Burning Man for white sharks, Safeguard the Seas founder William McKeever introduces us to scientists, conservationists, and world-renowned shark experts who have started unlocking the species’ most closely guarded secrets.


Cover image for Shark lady [DVD] : [the true story of how Eugenie Clark became the ocean's most fearless scientist]

Shark lady [DVD] : [the true story of how Eugenie Clark became the ocean’s most fearless scientist]

The true story of Eugenie Clark, a woman whose scientific contributions and passion for sea life led to her being nicknamed ‘Shark Lady.’ Includes read-along subtitles.

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Shark-tastic! [DVD]

Includes four wild adventures with Martin and Chris Kratt: Stuck on sharks; Octopus Wildkratticus; Tortuga tune-up; Speaking Dolphinese.

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Spectacular sharks [DVD]

Sharks have inhabited our oceans for more than 400 million years. Their ability to adapt to their environment over time has classified them as one of the world’s most successful species. In this program, we dive into the ocean to take a closer look at these magnificent creatures and examine the qualities and characteristics that have enabled them to survive for millions of years.

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Why sharks attack [DVD]

To separate fact from fear, NOVA teams with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to uncover the science behind the great white’s hunting instincts. With shark populations plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep in their quest to save people, and sharks.

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Jaws DVD or Blu-Ray
When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community off Cape Cod, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down. Originally released in 1975. Based upon the 1974 novel Jaws by Peter Benchley,


Craft courtesy of

Origami Shark Bookmark


  • Origami Paper (6 inch by 6 inch)
  • White Card Stock
  • Craft Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly Eyes

Follow folding instructions above.

More JAWsome activities

Baby Shark by Pinkfong on Youtube

Listen to the soundtrack of the movie Jaws – available through Hoopla and on CD.

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Check out the Shark Gallery & SeaTube at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium!

Check out the shark section of the Shedd Aquarium (Chicago, IL) website!

Check out the Fish & Sharks page of the NOSS Fisheries website!