Sharks and Whales Venn Diagram

Are you ready to find out more about marine life? This printable Sharks and Whales Venn Diagram is the perfect tool for exploring the similarities and differences between these fascinating ocean giants.

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With the fun and easy-to-use diagram you can download for free, you can compare the characteristics of sharks and whales side by side. Every ocean lover will enjoy this printable, which will make learning about sharks and whales super fun!

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What are the differences between sharks and whales?

Species Classification

  • Sharks: Fish
  • Whales: Mammals


  • Sharks: Cartilaginous skeleton
  • Whales: Bony skeleton


  • Sharks: Gills
  • Whales: Lungs

Skin Texture

  • Sharks: Rough, sandpaper-like skin made of dermal denticles
  • Whales: Smooth skin with a layer of blubber underneath for insulation


  • Sharks: Lay eggs or give birth to live young, with minimal parental care
  • Whales: Give birth to live young and provide extensive parental care

Size Range

  • Sharks: Range from a few inches to around 40 feet (e.g., the whale shark)
  • Whales: Range from around 9 feet (e.g., the dwarf sperm whale) to over 90 feet (e.g., the blue whale)


  • Sharks: Carnivorous, feeding mainly on fish, marine mammals, and plankton in some species
  • Whales: Diverse diets ranging from plankton and small fish (baleen whales) to squid and marine mammals (toothed whales)

Social Behavior

  • Sharks: Mostly solitary, with some species forming brief aggregations
  • Whales: Highly social, often living in pods with complex social structures

By understanding these key differences, you’ll appreciate the unique qualities that make sharks and whales truly fascinating creatures of the sea!

Recommended Shark Books

Here are some cool books about sharks for you to check out and pair with my Shark Activities for Kids! Add them to your reading list and read them together with your little ones.

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless ScientistShark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless ScientistNational Geographic Kids Sharks Sticker Activity BookNational Geographic Kids Sharks Sticker Activity BookSuper Shark EncyclopediaSuper Shark EncyclopediaHow to Make a Shark Smile: How a Positive Mindset Spreads HappinessHow to Make a Shark Smile: How a Positive Mindset Spreads HappinessThe Ultimate Book of Sharks (National Geographic Kids)The Ultimate Book of Sharks (National Geographic Kids)The Magnificent Book of SharksThe Magnificent Book of Sharks


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Sharks and Whales Venn Diagram Supplies

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Remember to check out my recommended whale books list, which features engaging and informative reads perfect for kids fascinated by these gentle giants of the sea! If you try these whale activities for kids, they will enjoy reading these books more.

Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White SharkWho Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White SharkNational Geographic Readers: Great Migrations WhalesNational Geographic Readers: Great Migrations WhalesHumpback Whales (Elementary Explorers)Humpback Whales (Elementary Explorers)Pedro's WhalePedro’s WhaleDario and the WhaleDario and the WhaleWhales: Level 1 (National Geographic Readers)Whales: Level 1 (National Geographic Readers)


Junior Scientist Science Study: Sharks

This printable pack has 111 pages of exciting fun facts about sharks, illustrations and full-color pictures, coloring pages, puzzles, and more!

Junior Scientist Science Study: Whales

These meticulously designed worksheets are crafted to help children develop a deeper understanding of these majestic marine mammals and the important role they play in our ecosystem.

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What’s included in the Sharks and Whales Venn Diagram printable?

The Sharks and Whales Venn Diagram Printable Pack is an exciting and interactive way for kids to better understand marine life. This 3-page pack includes:

Complete Venn Diagram:

The first page showcases a fully completed Venn Diagram. This diagram serves as a reference, with all similarities and differences between sharks and whales clearly outlined, making it a perfect learning tool for understanding the characteristics of these ocean giants.

Blank Venn Diagram:

The second page features a blank Venn Diagram for kids to fill in themselves. This interactive activity encourages children to think critically about the information and identify where each characteristic belongs.

Cut-and-Paste Labels:

The third page includes labels with various characteristics of sharks and whales. Kids can cut out these labels and paste them into the correct sections of the blank Venn Diagram. This hands-on activity makes learning fun and reinforces the knowledge they’ve gained.

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