Think You Know Everything About Sharks? After Hearing These Facts, You May Think Again.

Sharks have been on the planet longer than trees.

If you think that sharks are mindless eating machines, you'll want to think again.

Sharks first evolved 400 million years ago, which makes them 50 million years older than trees. Sharks have clearly had a massively successful evolutionary history, though most people don't know much about this history. 

Due to movies like "Jaws" and "Sharknado," sharks have gotten a bad reputation.

This has led to irrational fear of sharks and overfishing to the point where their illustrious time on Earth might be coming to an end. It's important to learn more about sharks and increase awareness of their desperate situation, because people tend to protect the things they understand.

Learn more about the misconceptions here:

[H/T: Mental Floss]

[Cover image credit: Ryan Espanto]