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Sharks Answer Key

Instructions: Use the word bank below to fill-in the answers to questions 1 - 7.

glows, cartilage, Spined Pygmy, Great White, thirty-five, pups, backwards, ten, Shortfin Mako, shark

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A shark cannot swim backwards.
2. 
Shark babies are called pups.
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The smallest shark is the spined pygmy shark. It is less than 10 inches long.
4. 
What shark is at the top of the oceanic food chain? Great White
5. 
Shark skeletons are made of cartilage instead of bone.
6. 
The fastest shark is the shortfin mako, which can swim up to 35km/h.
7. 
The spined pygmy shark is bioluminescent, which means it glows in the dark.
8. 
List 3 sharks known as "gentle giants."

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  • whale shark, megamouth shark, basking shark
9. 
What are the 4 main uses of shark fins?

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  • stabilizing, steering, lift,propulsion/thrust
10. 
Why is the great white shark considered to be the "ocean janitor"?
  • great white sharks feed on many sea animals, including the injured, sick and diseased, thus, cleaning up the sea.
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