While you may be able to recognize some sharks in the water or by their photos, can you guess which teeth belong to which sharks in this nine-question quiz? As noted by Sharks Info, shark teeth are unique compared to most others. Humans and most animals have teeth rooted in their jaw, but sharks’ teeth are embedded in their gums. This allows them to replace their teeth without pain on a regular basis, either individually as they are damaged or in entire rows of teeth.
A shark can have up to 3,000 teeth in its mouth at any given time depending on the species, with several rows of teeth held out of sight in a special channel in their jaw as shown in the photo below.
As the animal must replace the teeth in front, a row in back moves forward to replace the front row like a conveyor belt. In this manner, a shark can lose over 30,000 teeth during its lifetime, so it’s no wonder divers often find shark teeth along the ocean bottom. Now, here’s your chance to see if you can correctly guess which teeth belong to which shark.