Here are some fun facts about sharks to get you in the mood for The Discovery Channel’s , which kicks off on Sunday:
The main reason fishermen kill sharks and take their fins is to supply the demand for shark fin soup, which many people mistakenly believe gives them sexual potency.
Most sharks live in shallow water, close to shore, because that’s where most of the food is.
The fastest shark is the mako, which can reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour.
Shark meat contains dangerously high levels of mercury and other heavy metals.
Sharks really don’t like to eat humans because we’re too bony. They’d much rather have a fat seal for dinner.