White Shark Sea School

FUN FACT: When a shark attack occurs, the media scream the story worldwide. Because so many people hear about each attack, they think white sharks are a big risk. In 2000, about 264 million people went to U.S. beaches. Of those, 132 died, most by drowning. The number of shark attacks that year: 23. The number of people who died in shark attacks: ZERO. Sharks just don’t like to eat humans. - Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

Shark! Goals of the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Education Departments: —The Shark! Teacher’s Guide for grades K-8 was developed at SeaWorld to help you teach your students—in an active, hands-on way—about sharks and the ecology of the ocean. Our goal was to integrate science, mathematics, art, and language. SeaWorld curriculum supports the National Science Education Standards.
Grade Levels: K-3 Teacher Guide (PDF) and 4-8 Teacher Guide (PDF)

White Shark Biology, Monterey Bay Aquarium:
Information on the biology of white sharks, including their adaptations for survival.


FUN FACT: White sharks can jump completely out of the water, usually when racing upwards from deep water to catch a fast-moving seal or sea lion. - Monterey Bay Aquarium

National Geographic Xpeditions:
Sharks: Should They Be Afraid Of Us?
In this lesson, students will learn some interesting facts about different kinds of sharks and discuss the reasons why people are both afraid of and interested in sharks. They will consider sharks' importance in nature and create brochures to educate beach visitors about sharks.
Grade Level: K-2

Are Sharks As Dangerous As We Think They Are?
Students probably know that many people have negative impressions of sharks and may assume that most sharks hunt people, posing a major threat to swimmers. In this lesson, students will conduct research to address the question, "Are sharks as dangerous as we think they are?" They will present their findings in oral presentations.
Grade Level: 3-5

FUN FACT: Like all sharks, the white shark has no bones; its skeleton is made of cartilage, the same tissue that gives shape to our ears and nose. - Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sharks: Setting the Record Straight
In this lesson, students will investigate sharks' importance to the ecosystem, recent shark attacks and legislation regarding shark feeding, and the geographical distribution of shark attacks in the United States. Students will write outlines for TV programs to educate the public about sharks.
Grade Level: high school

Sharks At Risk, PBS
Students have many preconceived notions about sharks. Use these activities to help to dispel the myths and lead students to an understanding of the importance of these top predators to our ocean ecosystems.
Grade Level: 5-8

FUN FACT: The white shark has been around for more than 11 million years. Its immediate ancestors were around more than 60 million years ago. - Monterey Bay Aquarium


Juvenile White Shark Blog— On Sept. 4, 2007, a juvenile white shark came to live at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He’s making himself right at home.


White Shark Conservation, Monterey Bay Aquarium:
Read about our research efforts to better understand the life history of these threatened and fascinating ocean predators.

The White Shark Trust: A non-profit organization founded in 2002 to promote and conduct research, education and conservation projects on the endangered Great White Shark.

Conservation Science Institute: An active think tank and research organization founded in 1994 to resolve emerging ecological and environmental dilemmas. Our staff has expertise working with governments, universities, the private sector, and the general public to promote improved understanding of natural ecosystems and to design human systems for ecological and economic sustainability.

FUN FACT: A white shark has more than 3,000 serrated, razor-sharp teeth arranged in rows. It uses the first two rows to rip out a mouth-sized piece of flesh, which it swallows whole. White sharks don’t chew their food. Sharks often lose their teeth during feeding. When they do, the teeth in the back rows rotate into use. - Monterey Bay Aquarium



Great White Shark - BBC Planet Earth

Great White Shark on YouTube - National Geographic

FUN FACT: To find food, white sharks use their noses and the ability to detect electrical impulses. A shark smells with tiny structures called “lamellae,” located in two nostrils on its snout. The lamellae can detect one drop of blood in 25 gallons of water. - Monterey Bay Aquarium