Shark (5e)

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Shark Overview

Sharks are a group of elasmobranch Icon External Link.svg fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton Icon External Link.svg, five to seven gill slit Icon External Link.svgs on the sides of the head Icon External Link.svg, and pectoral fin Icon External Link.svgs that are not fused to the head…

Under this definition, the earliest known sharks date back to more than 420 million years ago.[2] Acanthodians are often referred to as "spiny sharks"… a paraphyletic assemblage leading to cartilaginous fish as a whole. Since then, sharks have diversified into over 500 species. They range in size from the small dwarf lanternshark (Etmopterus perryi), a deep sea species of only 17cm in length, to the whale shark (Rhincodon typus), the largest fish in the world, which reaches approximately 12m in length.[3] Sharks are found in all seas and are common to depths of 2000m. They generally do not live in freshwater although there are a few known exceptions, such as the bull shark and the river shark, which can be found in both seawater and freshwater.[4] Sharks have a covering of dermal denticles that protects their skin from damage and parasites in addition to improving their fluid dynamics. They have numerous sets of replaceable teeth.[5]

Well-known species such as the tiger shark, blue shark, great white shark, mako shark, thresher shark, and hammerhead shark are apex predators—organisms at the top of their underwater food chain. Many shark populations are threatened by human activities.

List of Sharks[edit]

(7 official and unofficial Sharks)

Name Type Subtype Size HP CR (XP) Alignment Habitat Source
Maw of Sekolah (Individual) Monstrosity Shark Huge 114 7 (2,900) Neutral Evil Coastal, Underwater Ghosts of Saltmarsh
The City of Deep Webs (5e Campaign Setting)/Deep Shark Beast Shark Large 45 3 (650) Unaligned
Shark Overview Overview Beast, Shark Underwater Varied
Giant Shark Beast Shark Huge 126 5 (1,800) Unaligned SRD5
Hunter Shark Beast Shark Large 45 2 (450) Unaligned Underwater SRD5
Reef Shark Beast Shark Medium 22 1/2 (100) Unaligned Underwater SRD5
Shell Shark Monstrosity Shark Medium 32 2 (450) Unaligned Underwater Ghosts of Saltmarsh

Sources and Notes[edit]

  1. Wikipedia: Shark (accessed 2020-04-02) Licensed: CC-BY-SA.
  2. Martin, R. Aidan. [http:/ / Geologic Time] Accessed: 2006-09-09. ReefQuest.
  3.  (24 January 2019). [https:/ / Evolutionary pathways toward gigantism in sharks and rays] pp.588–599.
  4. Allen, Thomas B.. [https:/ / The Shark Almanac] The Lyons Press. ISBN:978-1-55821-582-5
  5. Budker, Paul. The Life of Sharks. Weidenfeld and Nicolson.

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