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You may Have Wondered do Shark have Scales?

The answer is yes they do have scales just like tuna have. Shark have scales called dermal denticles – Placoids which are pointed in shape. Shark’s skin also feels extremely like sandpaper.

If you’ve ever touched one you will know that if you rub your hand one way and its all nice a smooth, rub it the other way and its very much rough like sandpaper.

What are Shark Scales Called?

The scales most of the time point towards the sharks tail and it helps them to reduce friction from the surrounding water when the shark tries to swims.

Can Shark Skin Hurt You?

As noted above, shark skin can hurt you but only if you were to rub against it very hard and continuously. I’ve noticed from my experiences with sharks that they tend to have smooth skin if you run it one way but rub it back the other you feel the roughness and yes it can hurt and graze you if you are not careful

What Size are Shark Scales?

Can Shark Skin Hurt You?

As sharks come in all different sizes from baby to full-grown adults, it is difficult to pinpoint a specific size. The measurement of a baby shark’s scales vs a fully grown adult shark would have smaller scales vs that of the adult.

Does Great White Shark have scales?

Yes, a great white shark also has scales. They are the same as other sharks with pointed-shaped scales also know as Placoids.


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