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Test Your California Shark Knowledge- Survey Results


Results from our Sharktober shark survey- test your knowledge!

“There are how many many species of sharks in CA waters: ”

<5 (10.0%); 13. (20.0%); > 30 (70.0%). ANSWER >30

Question 2 has 20 answers (Checkboxes)

“The largest shark in CA waters is the:”

Whale Shark (35.0%)

Great White Shark (30.0%)

Megalodon 0 (0.0%)

Basking Shark (35.0%). ANSWER the Basking shark can grow up to 40 feet and weigh 10,000 pounds. These sharks are endangered and rare in California waters.

Question 3 has 20 answers (Checkboxes)

“True or False: White sharks attack at dawn and dusk and water activities should be avoided during these periods:”

True (55.0%) False (45.0%). Answer False- peak observed predations and attacks occur during peak sunlight hours

Question 4 has 20 answers (Radio Buttons)

“Tiger Sharks frequent the waters of Southern CA (True /False)”

True (30.0%). False (70.0%). ANSWER False- There has been only one verified observation of a Tiger shark in California.

Question 5 has 20 answers (Checkboxes)

“On average, sharks kill how many people per year on the west coast of North America? ”

< 1 (65.0%). 2. (30.0%) 1 (5.0%). On average there is one human fatality every other year due to white shark encounters. There was one in 2020 and one in 2021.

Question 6 has 20 answers (Checkboxes)

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“Great White sharks (also known as white sharks) are (wo) maneaters”

True (20.0%) False ( 80.0%). ANSWER False- white shark do not eat men or women. In most cases the sharks bite once and do not return. In North America 90% of white shark bite victims survive.

Question 7 has 20 answers (Radio Buttons)

“The best remedy for a sting ray wound is to: ”

Have your buddy suck out the venom and spit it out 0 (0.0%)

take two aspirin and call the Dr in the morning (5.0%)

soak in hot water (80.0%)

pee on it (15.0%). ANSWER. Soaking in hot water breaks down the protein in the venom and causes swelling and pain. Analgesics like ibuprofen or aspirin can hep ease the pain, but the longer the venom remains in the wound the longer the pain and swelling will last.

Question 8 has 20 answers (Radio Buttons)

“Approximately what percentage of people survive shark attacks off California”

10 % (10.0%.). 50 %. (5.0%). 90% (85.0%) None- they all die a miserable and tortured death 0( 0.0%). 90% survive off North America. If the victim can be stabilized (eg applying a tourniquet) and get emergency care there s high likelihood of survival.

Question 9 has 20 answers (Checkboxes)

“In the USA bees are more lethal than sharks”

True (95.0%) False (5.0%). True. ANSWER

During 2000–2017, a total of 1,109 deaths from hornet, wasp, and bee stings occurred, for an annual average of 62 deaths. Deaths ranged from a low of 43 in 2001 to a high of 89 in 2017. Approximately 80% of the deaths were among males.

Source: National Vital Statistics System.

Question 10 has 20 answers (Radio Buttons)

“Humans kill how many sharks/ year”

3750( 0.0%) 20,000 (0.0%) 100,000 ( 50.0%) 100,000,000 (50.0%). ANSWER Boris Worm et al estimated that 100 million sharks are killed every year around the world, a number that far exceeds what many populations need to recover. The researchers were able to calculate that between 6.4% and 7.9% of sharks of all species are killed annually.

Question 11 has 20 answers (Radio Buttons)

“How many species of sharks and rays are vulnerable or threatened with extinction?”

31 (5.0%). 33 (15.0%) 96 (30.0%) 316 (50.0%). New assessments in 2021 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released today show 316 chondrichthyan species – sharks, rays and skates, and chimaeras – are now threatened with extinction.

Question 12 has 20 answers (Radio Buttons)

“Saving sharks can help fight the impacts of climate change”

True ( 95.0%) False (5.0%). ANSWER True. Sharks are 10-15% carbon that sink to the bottom if allowed to die naturally, fixing carbon in the deep sea. Tiger sharks and other predators can also regulate grazers maintining blue carbon in seagrass beds.

BONUS QUESTION- Act on one and receive a shark sticker!

“I can help save sharks from extinction by:”

Joining the Shark Stewards Team as a Member

Signing or sharing our petition to end the US Shark Fin Trade

Sharing our Sharks for Kids Science book with a kid

Hosting a fundraiser or donating at sharkstewards.org

All of the above!