Shark Week 2013


Caribbean reef sharks swim over a coral reef in the Bahamas.

Credit: © Brian Skerry,

Every summer since 1987 (that's right, shark week is 26 years old!) the Discovery Channel has been bringing the ocean to our living rooms with a week-long tribute to all things shark. Here at the Ocean Portal, we also have sharks on the mind (along with whales, fish, invertebrates and everything else ocean related). This page is a great jumping off point to see the best shark content we have to offer.

Top ten stories about sharks since the last shark week. 

Award-winning photographer Brian Skerry writes about swimming with sharks.

Why you should revere, not fear, sharks.

A look at shark evolution through their teeth. 

Everything you wanted to know about the great white shark.  

Shark finning—what is it and why can't sharks keep up with the demand for their fins? 

Podcasts from the Encylopedia of Life about the Arctic Greenland shark and the great white shark

Do sharks smell in stereo? And what does that even mean?!

How do reef sharks feel about people?



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Spectacular Shark Pictures

Sharks come in all sizes. The largest is the whale shark, which has been known to get as large as 18 meters (60 feet). The smallest fits in your hand.

Credit: © Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California

Extreme close-up of great white shark skin denticles.

Credit: © Trevor Sewell/Electron Microscope Unit, University of Cape Town