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5 Things You Never Wondered About Shark Sex

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by: Anastacia Darby
2. Female sharks often stay in shallow waters during mating season.
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As you may have gathered, mating is not exactly the most pleasant experience for the female shark. For that reason, these females use the shallow waters as a defense mechanism to fend off the male sharks. By keeping their underbelly closer to the sea floor in these shallow waters, it is more difficult for a male shark to flip over the femaleto reach a her cloaca for mating. Really, it's one of the few ways she's able to have a choice in the matter.

1. Female sharks have tough skin. Literally.

Two Sharks
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Female sharks have developed a couple of defenses to the male shark roughness. To protect against the pre-copulatory biting, females have developed rougher and thicker skin. Additionally, most species of female sharks have evolved to be larger than their male counterparts.

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