Shark and Stingray Fun Facts
Did you know that sharks have replacement teeth?! They can have up to seven rows. Since sharks chew a lot, they actually lose a lot of teeth but luckily for them (not for their prey) they can grow them back quickly and will likely go through more than 30,000 in their life! We wouldn’t want to pay that dentist bill.
Although they may have loads of teeth, sharks don’t have one single bone in their body – not one. Shark skeletons are actually made up of cartilage. And did you know sharks were swimming in the oceans way before dinosaurs showed up? It’s true, they inhabited the earth 200 million years before dinosaurs were roaming the Earth.
Stingrays are sort of cousins to the shark, and they also have no bones only cartilage. Although they don’t necessarily look like fish, they actually are. Stingrays prefer to “fly” through shallow waters in warm climates of the world. They hunt with special sensors called ampullae of Lorenzini, which detect tiny little electrical charges their prey emits. Prey like oysters, clams, shrimp and crab, mmm, our kind of prey.
Now that you know more about sharks and stingrays, don’t you want to meet them in person? If so, head on down to beautiful Puerto Plata and spend the day swimming with them and also with dolphins and sea lions. Sounds like a great vacation to us!