Humans like to think oceans are beautiful places — underwater vistas where all kinds of exotic wildlife can be found mingling in a colourful sea world.
But once you get down there, you realize it’s nothing more than a merciless killing field where sharks reign supreme. And not just any sharks, but terrifying ones. With Discovery’s Shark Week in full swing, we thought there would be no better time to round up the most horrifying of horrifying beasts; yes, the most nightmare-inducing sharks you could possibly imagine. If you thought great whites were the most menacing of the bunch, wait until you see these guys.
10 terrifying sharks that will make you fear the ocean forever
Goblin SharkThe goblin shark looks like a rejected prototype of what a shark was supposed to be, but its appearance is hardly the scariest thing about it. Goblin sharks are among the few animals in the world that can actually reach with their mouths. That's right, it can catapult its jaws forward and catch prey from a distance! Fortunately, goblin sharks lurk deep in the ocean, where they pose no threat to humans. Twitter/@sarahhappydemon
Frilled sharkJust imagine plunging into the ocean and the first thing you see is this coming at you. Frilled Sharks have 300 three-pointed teeth, meaning they really have more like 900 teeth. So it's safe to assume a bite from these guys would hurt—a lot. Luckily for humans, they dwell deep beneath the ocean's surface, and we rarely see them alive.Getty
Cookiecutter SharkIf piranhas mated with sharks, you'd get the cookiecutter shark. While the relatively small creatures are very unlikely to kill you, they will maim you. They get their name from the cookie-shaped scars they leave on victims, which are acquired when the sharks swim up to their prey and scoop out a small piece of their flesh. They'll leave you looking like a used roll of cookie dough.Twitter/@UnderWaterWorId
Basking sharkBasking sharks use their massive mouths to suck the soul right of their prey before consuming them whole. Or at least, that's our theory. Truth be told, basking sharks are non-aggressive filter feeders and are completely harmless to humans. They just look menacing. They've been spotted right off the coast of Nova Scotia in the past. The Canadian Press
Mako sharkOh yes, you're going to need a bigger boat. The mako shark is a fairly large creature (about 10 ft. in length), but that's not what will give you goosebumps. These sharks are known to swim beneath their prey where they remain undetected. Then, when ready, mako sharks surge upward, tearing off fins or other pieces of their prey as they shoot toward the surface. Sometimes they're seen hurling themselves out of the water...and possibly onto your boat. Getty
Hammerhead sharkThere's something about the hammerhead shark that just doesn't feel right. Maybe it's because it's one of the few animals in the world that we can't look in the eyes. Whatever the case, out of 10 known species of hammerhead sharks, only three have been found to be particularly dangerous to humans. Getty
Whitetip Reef SharkDespite its murderous gaze, the whitetip reef shark is relatively harmless to humans. Meaning, it won't actively seek you out for lunch. But that doesn't mean you're safe around them! These sharks are known for their bold and fearless behaviour, and there have been records of them snatching catches away from spear fishers. Sometimes, these underwater tug-of-wars have left people with a nasty shark attack story. Getty
Megamouth SharkThe megamouth shark sounds more sinister than it actually is. These guys are filter feeders, and the scariest thing about them is a hypnotic, bioluminescent light that glows in their mouths to attract nearby plankton. There have only been about 55 recorded sightings. Getty
Whale sharkWhale sharks are the largest fish in the sea, measuring in at about the size of a school bus. But even though they're large enough to tip your boat over with ease, whale sharks are actually docile creatures that have let swimmers hitch a ride on their backs. Plus, they prefer plankton over human. Getty
Great white sharkNo list of terrifying sharks would be complete without the classic great white. There is no shark in the world that poses a bigger threat to humans than these guys. According to the International Shark Attack File, great whites were responsible for 314 unprovoked attacks in recorded history. The runner-up? The tiger shark, with a paltry 111. Good to see ol' Jaws living up to its name! Getty