Bull Shark Facts
- Name: Bull Shark
- Binomial Name: Carcharhinus leucas
- Lifespan: Up to 16 years (wild)
- Diet: Carnivorous
- Length: 7.9 feet (average)
- Weight: Between 209 and 290 pounds (average)
14 Bull Shark Facts for Kids
- The binomial name for a bull shark is Carcharhinus leucas.
- A bull shark is grey, with a white belly and black tips on their fins.
- Bull sharks can be found worldwide along coastal areas, lakes and rivers.
- Bull sharks can thrive in both saltwater and freshwater.
- Bull sharks are sexually dismorphic, females are larger than males.
- A female bull shark can reach an average length of 7.9 feet and an average weight of 290 pounds.
- A male bull shark can reach an average length of 7.4 feet and an average weight of 209 pounds.
- A bull shark can live up to 16 years in the wild.
- The bull shark is a predator and a carnivore.
- A bull shark can swim up to 12 miles per hour.
- Bull sharks give live birth and the gestation period (conception to birth) is 12 months.
- Bull sharks are estimated to be responsible for most shallow water shark attacks.
- A bull shark was caught near Alton, Illinois in 1937 by two fishermen. That’s 1,000+ miles up the Mississippi River.
- In Brisbane, Australia the Carbrook Golf Club has bull sharks living in bodies of water in the golf course.
Bull Shark Pictures
A picture of a bull shark in the Bahamas.
Credit: David Snyder
A picture of a juvenile bull shark.
Credit: George Burgess
A picture of a bull shark and a diver.
Credit: Deep Life
Additional Resources on Bull Sharks
- Bull Shark – National Geographic – Explore the National Geographic website to learn more about bull sharks.
- Bull Shark – Oceana – Learn more about the bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) on the Oceana website.
- Bull Shark – Wikipedia – Find more bull shark facts for kids on the Wikipedia website.