Shark and ship wreck photograph
  A lemon shark swims alongside a ship wreck in West Palm Beach, Florida. Numerous sharks can be found during the winter months in these waters.  

Caribbean reef shark swims over coral reef
  Caribbean reef sharks are viviparous species, giving birth to live young. Litters of Caribbean reef sharks average between 4-6 pups. It is believed larger sharks, such as the tiger shark and bull shark, are one of the Caribbean reef shark's main predators. Learn more about the Caribbean reef shark.  

Whale shark in West Palm Beach, Florida
  Whale sharks, the world's largest fish, feed exclusively on plankton and small fish.This particular whale shark was photographed in West Palm Beach, Florida.  

Stingray over - under photograph
  A close relative of the shark, stingrays have a cartilaginous body and have an organ that senses the natural electrical charges of its prey. Stingrays feed on mollusks and crustaceans. This photograph of a southern stingray above and below the water was taken in the Bahamas.  

Sharks - Living Fossils
  Sharks are considered living fossils; having changed very little through time. It is believed the first sharks appeared on Earth over 455 million years ago (225 millions years before the dinosaurs). During this time the first of the reef-building creatures such as corals were just appearing in the ocean.  

Sharks help maintain the marine ecosystem
  Sharks help to maintain a healthy and balanced marine ecosystem. By having a diverse diet, sharks help to keep other animals in the food chain in check; preventing any one species from monopolizing on a limited resource. Without apex predators marine ecosystems can eventually succumb to disease or death from one particular species causing an imbalance to the environment. Learn more about sharks role in the ocean.  

  • Shark and ship wreck photograph
  • Caribbean reef shark swims over coral reef
  • Whale shark in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Stingray over - under photograph
  • Sharks - Living Fossils
  • Sharks help maintain the marine ecosystem
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