Here are some fun facts about sharks to get you in the mood for The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, which kicks off on Sunday:

  • The main reason fishermen kill sharks and take their fins is to supply the demand for shark fin soup, which many people mistakenly believe gives them sexual potency.
  • Most sharks live in shallow water, close to shore, because that’s where most of the food is.
  • The fastest shark is the mako, which can reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour.
  • Shark meat contains dangerously high levels of mercury and other heavy metals.
  • Sharks really don’t like to eat humans because we’re too bony. They’d much rather have a fat seal for dinner. (Epicurious)

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