This is kind of icky and embarrassing... but how do sharks mate? I understand you may not want to talk about it on the internet but I'm curious. Thanks... and sorry.
Don't be embarrassed, it's a perfectly good question to ask- and thanks for asking it!Not many sharks have been seen mating. However, of the few that have been seen, the male usually grabs onto the female and after a while of fighting (if it is not consensual... and sometimes it isn't!) she'll calm down enough to allow him to swim beside her and insert his claspers into her cloaca and mate. Hope that answered your question!
Hi Ms. Marquez,
How does a shark hold on to a female shark??? Like, they don't have hands like we do, and the water is slippery, right? So there isn't any friction???
Thanks for your question- let me clarify what I answered earlier to Peter.
The male usually bites down onto a female's pectoral fins (the ones on the side of the shark). Yup, he uses his mouth! And it's a pretty tight grip to make sure the female can't escape (see the picture above).
What are claspers? And what are they used for? -Dominique
Claspers are the male sex organs, found externally on sharks. Just like a human male, it's the penis. But, unlike human penises, they are not independent, but an extension of the shark pelvic fins.
Why do males have TWO claspers? Like, what's the point? Do they use them at the same time? Thanks for answering all the sex questions. -Abraham
Thank you for your question!
See how the picture above shows two pelvic fins? There's your answer! Sharks have two claspers because they have two pelvic fins! To answer your other question, of the matings observed, it has been seen that sharks only use one clasper at a time. After one has been inserted and deposited sperm, the other may enter the female.
Hi Ms. Melissa Cristina Marquez,
Is anything related to the megamouth shark? I'm just curious. I understand if it's dead. -John
Thanks for asking your question! Actually, thresher sharks are the closest living relative of megamouth sharks. To learn more about thresher sharks, click here.
Recently Hurricane Arthur passed by Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, etc. What happens to sharks when a hurricane "attacks"? (See what I did there?) Curious if you know.
Sharks, like any animal, are finely attuned to their environment; that is, they know when something "bad" is coming. This includes hurricanes. They have been shown to move to deeper waters, especially if they are in shallow nurseries. Due to this, sharks are now being tagged by scientists in order to "predict" hurricane intensity.
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