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Sharks: Taking a Bite Out of The Myth

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Sharks: Taking a Bite Out of The Myth

In this activity, learners will explore trends in shark populations using shark landing data from the National Marine Fisheries Service. Learners will learn how to recognize the low risk of shark attack compared to other hazards, discuss the impact of fishing on sharks as long-lived, slow-growing species and evaluate shark population numbers using shark landing data.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 14 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Populations
      • Human Impact
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Representation
      • Probability
    • Measurement
    • Number and Operations
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Public Policy
    • The Scientific Process
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
    • Science as a Career
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Rose, Laura


  • All Rights Reserved, Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program,

Funding Sources:

  • NOAA Sea Grant
  • National Marine Educators Association


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