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The Sharks Quiz: Fact or Fiction?

Sharks get a bad rap, but these sentinels of the ocean are the ones at risk.

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The Shark Quiz

Separate fact from fishy fiction.

Fact or Fiction: A shark bite = A shark attack?

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  2. Fiction

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  3. Not sure.

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    Nope!

    Sharks actually don't like the taste of humans, and guess how they decide if something is yummy prey? With an exploratory bite. That's why so many shark encounters end with a single bite; we taste yucky.
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    You got it!

    Sharks actually don't like the taste of humans, and guess how they decide if something is yummy prey? With an exploratory bite. That's why so many shark encounters end with a single bite; we taste yucky.
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    Come, on you got this!

    Did you know there are only 87 shark 'attacks' on average each year, compared to the 100 million sharks humans kill?

Which Everyday Products Contain Shark Liver?

Sharks are killed for their livers, which contain an oil called squalene. Plant-based squalene (eg. from olives) is a shark-friendly pick.

  1. Lipstick

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  2. Moisturizer

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  3. Vaccines

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  4. Chocolate

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    Correct

    If you wear cosmetics, you’ve probably had shark’s liver juice on your person. Shark-based squalene has long been a favourite of big brands, although many vowed to switch to plant-based alternatives in 2008.
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    Correct

    Squalene absorbs easily and combines well with other oils — making it a fave of the cosmetics industry, particularly in face and body creams. Many companies now used plant-based squalene/squalane, but check that ingredients list.
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    Correct

    Your doctor’s office isn’t necessarily shark-free either. Shark liver-based oil is used to improve the efficacy of some vaccines.
  4. Chocolate
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    Incorrect

    As far as anyone is aware, shark liver oil is not used in chocolate. So you can enjoy that family-sized bar of it in peace. Admit it, you’re relieved.

Learn more about sharks and our ocean here at Ocean.org

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