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Prepare for Shark Week with 5 Jaw-Dropping Shark Facts That Will Make You Rethink Everything You Know About These Massive Ocean Fish

Prepare for Shark Week with 5 Jaw-Dropping Shark Facts That Will Make You Rethink Everything You Know About These Massive Ocean Fish

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Sharks have been swimming through our oceans for over 400 million years, and they’ve evolved some incredible traits along the way. From their unique gills to their powerful movement, these marine marvels are full of surprises. Dive in with us as we explore five fascinating aspects of shark biology that make them the ultimate ocean survivors! 


  1. Shark Gills: The Underwater Breathing Marvel
Shark Gills Close Up

Sharks don’t have lungs like we do; instead, they breathe through gills. Located on the sides of their heads, shark gills are incredibly efficient at extracting oxygen from water. Water enters the shark’s mouth and flows over the gills, where oxygen is absorbed and carbon dioxide is expelled. 

What makes shark gills so fascinating? Unlike most fish, some sharks have spiracles—small openings behind their eyes—that allow them to draw in water even when their mouths are closed or when they're resting on the ocean floor. This adaptation is particularly useful for species like the nurse shark, which often lies still on the seabed. The next time you think about taking a deep breath, remember the incredible efficiency of shark gills! 

Rugged Shark celebrates these marvels of nature by incorporating the 5-gill design in our footwear designs to encourage airflow. Make a splash at your next Shark Week party with our exclusive Shark Week X Rugged Shark clogs. 

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  1. Shark Movement: Grace and Power in Motion
Shark in movement

Sharks are built for swimming efficiency. Their bodies are streamlined, and their fins are perfectly designed to reduce drag and maximize thrust. But it’s their movement that really sets them apart. 

Sharks use a side-to-side motion of their tails to propel themselves forward, unlike many fish that use a combination of their tail and body. This unique movement is not only powerful but also energy-efficient, allowing sharks to cover vast distances in search of food or mates. The great white shark, for example, can travel at speeds up to 25 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest fish in the ocean. Whether cruising slowly or bursting into a sprint, sharks move with a grace and power that is truly mesmerizing. 

When you’re sharing these facts at your next Shark Week viewing party, you can look the part in these Shark Week X Rugged Shark clogs that show off an exclusive all-over print! 


  1. Shark Skin Texture and Benefits: Nature’s Armor
Shark skin magnified

Shark skin might look smooth from afar, but up close, it’s a different story. Their skin is covered in tiny, tooth-like structures called dermal denticles. These denticles reduce drag and turbulence, allowing sharks to swim more quietly and efficiently. They also provide protection against parasites and injury. 

But the benefits of shark skin don’t end there. The unique texture of shark skin has inspired human innovations, like footwear designed to add lightweight structure and flexible movement. By taking inspiration from the structure of shark skin, our designers are finding new ways to enhance performance and style that’s tough enough for any adventure. Talk about a natural wonder! 


  1. Stamina: Which Shark Has the Most Endurance?
Shark swimming

When it comes to stamina, the salmon shark is a true champion. Capable of maintaining high speeds for extended periods, salmon sharks can travel thousands of miles across the ocean. What gives them this incredible endurance? It’s all in their unique physiology. 

Salmon sharks, like their close relatives the great white sharks, have a special adaptation called regional endothermy. This allows them to maintain a body temperature higher than the surrounding water, giving them more power and stamina in cold waters. Their ability to keep their muscles warm and their energy levels high means they can chase down fast-moving prey and cover long distances without tiring. It’s like having a built-in engine that never runs out of fuel! 

You can show off all the varied species of sharks you know with our exclusive Shark Week print highlighting some of the different kinds of sharks you can find in the wild!


  1. Adaptability: How Sharks Thrive in Diverse Environments
Shark in movement

Sharks are masters of adaptation, thriving in a wide range of environments from shallow coastal waters to the deep ocean. How do they do it? Through a combination of physical and behavioral adaptations. 

One key adaptation is their ability to regulate buoyancy. Sharks have a large liver filled with oil that helps them stay buoyant in the water, allowing them to move up and down the water column with ease. Some species, like the bull shark, can even tolerate both saltwater and freshwater, allowing them to venture far up rivers. 

Behavioral adaptations are equally important. Many sharks are opportunistic feeders, willing to eat a variety of prey depending on what’s available. This flexibility in diet helps them survive in changing environments where food sources may be unpredictable. Their keen senses, including exceptional vision and an acute sense of smell, also aid in locating prey and navigating their surroundings.  

Sharks' incredible adaptability ensures their survival in some of the ocean's most challenging habitats. Whether it's the icy waters of the Arctic or the warm tropical seas, sharks continue to reign as some of the most versatile and resilient creatures in the marine world 

The ability to adapt and thrive is one of Rugged Shark’s main values! The ability to meet any adventure head on is how we live and it’s something we try to embody in all our products. Next time you’re gearing up for an outdoor excursion, you can be sure Rugged Shark will be there every step of the way.  



So, there you have it—five incredible insights into the world of sharks! Classified as Elasmobranchii, a subclass of Chondrichthyes or cartilaginous fish, sharks are more than just their fearsome reputations. From their unique gills and powerful movements to their versatile skin and incredible endurance, sharks are true marvels of the deep. Their adaptability and resilience remind us of the complexity and beauty of marine life, making them worthy of both our respect and protection. 


And there’s no better time to dive into the wonder of sharks than during Shark Week 2024! Tune in to Discovery for a week-long television event filled with jaw-dropping documentaries, fascinating facts, and heart-pounding shark encounters. Whether you’re a lifelong shark enthusiast or simply curious to learn more, Shark Week 2024 promises to deliver an unforgettable experience. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate and learn about these magnificent creatures that have stood the test of time. Dive in with Discovery and Rugged Shark and make this Shark Week the best one yet! 

Shark Week Starts Sunday, July 7 on Discovery and MAX