It's Shark Week, so...

10 Bad-A** Sharks We Wouldn’T Want To Meet

These primitive predators are so ugly and dangerous, Discovery Channel devotes an entire week to them. SheKnows takes a closer look at the 10 most freaky and frightening sharks we hope to never encounter.

Shark gives virgin birth

10. Virgin Mary shark?

This white-tipped reef shark named Ibolya at a Hungarian aquarium stunned the world when she gave birth to her pup without the help of a male shark! How? It’s a process called parthenogenesis where some reptiles and plants reproduce a clone of the mother to ensure survival of the species when males are scarce. That's just way too freaky, even for Shark Week.

Hammerhead shark

9. It’s Hammer-time!

This hammerhead shark has to be one of the nastiest creatures in the sea. There’s no hiding from this sinister swimmer since their flat heads evolved with eyes perfectly positioned to allow a complete 360-degree view. Scary.

Epaulette shark

8. Shark with military honors

Named for the large brown spots behind its pectoral fins, this epaulette shark has 26-35 rows of teeth. But unlike other sharks, these stylish fish don’t really swim. Instead, they waddle on their fins along the bottom of the ocean. Though they mostly eat crabs and worms, they can reach gigantic proportions.

Epaulette shark

7. Moby Dick shark

The whale shark is currently the largest living fish on planet Earth. Reaching up to 41 feet long, this cold-blooded vertebrate mostly feeds on plankton; however this titan does have numerous rows of teeth and some divers claimed they’ve nearly been sucked into this shark’s massive mouth.

shark from the movie Jaws

6. We’re gonna need a bigger boat

Okay, so this isn’t a real shark. But the mechanical shark used in Jaws was so ridiculously unreliable, Steven Spielberg nicknamed the robotic fish “The White Turd” because instead of attacking, it mostly sank to the bottom of the ocean, costing the production time and money. Thankfully, we now have CGI to create sea monsters.

replica of the megalodon

5. Time-traveling terror

Featured on Discovery Channel’s Sharkzilla, this full-sized replica of Megalodon invokes true horror. Luckily, this mega-mouthed shark went extinct about a million and a half years ago, but it still sends shivers down our spine. This super-predator could be as long as 52 feet! So what did this leviathan eat? Whatever it wanted.

shark caught in a net

4. Trapped and tormented

This reef shark is pissed off. Caught in a net as part of Discovery Channel's show Shark Fight, this muscular eating machine will thrash, flail and writhe until it is free or dies of exhaustion. A trapped shark is probably the most dangerous creature in the big blue. Stay away!

rotting shark meal

3. Rotting shark with an ammonia aroma

This dish is an Icelandic delicacy called hakarl and is known for its strong ammonia smell. It’s made by gutting and decapitating a Greenland shark, then burying it in the ground where it ferments for 6-12 weeks. Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was quoted as saying hakarl was the “the single worst, most disgusting and terrible tasting thing” he ever ate. We'll take him at his word.

massive shark bite from another shark

2. What very big teeth you have!

This 10-foot predator was caught in drum lines off Australia when another shark, possibly a 20-footer, took two giant bites! Amazingly, this shark was still alive when fisherman pulled it on board their ship. Now, that’s bada**.

can of shark fin soup

1. Take a Viagra, seriously

Why is this can the scariest of all? Because the shark fin soup industry is threatening the stability of the world’s shark population by killing nearly 100 million sharks each year. Sure, these toothy gill-breathers are ugly and brutal, but they are a necessary part of the ocean’s food chain. Superstition surrounds this meal in Asia, suggesting that shark fin is an aphrodisiac, but there is no evidence to support this centuries-old claim. In addition, the process of “finning,” where fishermen slice off the shark’s fin then dump the shark back into the water, makes for a slow, cruel death.

Photo credits:
Megalodon replica on beach: Discovery Channel/Rahoul Ghose
Shark caught in net: Discovery Channel
Great White with bites taken out: courtesy of Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries
All other photos courtesy of

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Comments on "It's Shark Week , so..."

rebecca August 04, 2013 | 11:27 PM

This is a disgusting display of ignorance!! SheKnows obviously know sh*t about sharks!! Pretty sure a 13 year old wrote this article, a whale shark shouldn't even be on this list and really, is it really bada$$ that a great white was still alive after another shark took bites out of it????? I know this page is old & whomever wrote this is probably in 7th grade by now so hopefully they have gained a bit more knowledge.

iluvsharks August 17, 2012 | 8:40 AM

Sharks aren't scary. Only 3 types of sharks are prone to attack (this only happens if provoked, if they sense blood, or if they mistake human for an injured seal.) Sharks don't come on land in our environment. Humans willfully enter another animals environment and they must be ready for the consequences that may await them. Hammer head sharks are very shy and do not like being near humans. The scariest predator of all is the human.

Tracy August 17, 2012 | 8:11 AM

You know, it's amazing how sheknows is pretending to express concern over the 'stability of the world's shark population' while at the same time stressing how 'scary' and bad@ass' these sharks are (when in fact the whale shark has NO right whatsoever in this category - I mean get a clue)and tastelessly choosing photos of them butchered and mutilated as though it's somehow 'cool' and with writeups below as if to say 'good riddance to the scary shark'. I mean, whoever did this could have had more class and have chosen photos of these sharks in their natural habitats so that people could appreciate and respect the living animal for what it is instead of strung up by some idiot fisherman. Way to go sheknows.

KJ August 17, 2012 | 7:48 AM

Come on - be responsible. I've dived with the first three in this article and those sharks are harmless to humans and gorgeous creatures. Like you say at the end, killing off sharks for shark fin soup is changing the entire earth eco-system in a very bad way. Don't make sharks look like monsters worthy of killing. I've had the privilege of swimming right next to gentle giant whale sharks and they are totally harmless and majestic. And Hammerheads are so skittish they barely let you have a look at them underwater. If you were a tiny plankton you may need to worry, but, geesh, stop uninformed sensational press giving these guys such a bad (undeserved) reputation.

Danny August 16, 2012 | 11:06 PM

Too bad most of them are dead or dying because of humans...

Danny August 16, 2012 | 11:04 PM

Too bad most of them are dead because of humans...

SheKnows Entertainment Editor August 16, 2012 | 1:46 PM

Good call, Danny. We've fixed. Thank you for lending your shark expertise!

Danny August 16, 2012 | 11:45 AM

The photos for sharks number 8 and 7 are both of Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus), which are the largest extant fish, possibly exceeding 50 feet in length. The Epaulette shark rarely exceeds 3 feet. Just a heads up. -D

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