3 Cool Materials That Mimic Shark Skin

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Sharks are built to be the perfect killers, swimmers, and survivors. And we lowly humans are finally realizing the genius of their design. And their skin is particularly amazing. Anthony shows us why it’s one of nature’s engineering marvels.

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“Sharks may conjure up notions of great and fearsome predators, but one day, people may think of sharks equally as great teachers.”

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“Dermal denticles (placoid scales) are tough “scales” that cover the skin of elasmobranchs (sharks and rays).”

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“Great White Sharks are stealthy hunters and the secret is in their skin. Shark skin is covered by tiny flat V-shaped scales, called dermal denticals, that are more like teeth than fish scales.”

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Creeper Lamoureux August 13, 2013 - 8:18 AM

why do you have red horns?

Luigi Mauricio August 13, 2013 - 9:51 AM

took my a second to realize but this guy was in indie game the movie.

Joel Andersson August 13, 2013 - 5:13 PM

Because I use Noughty Kelvin as my nickname. Noughty = Nought + naughty(horns). So my name is Absolute zero at the same time as it is Naughty Kelvin. It's brilliant.

Crusades Nuclear Bombs August 14, 2013 - 9:13 PM

$94,000,000 * 0.01 = $940,000 saved annually with the shark skin technology

Hector Cabrera August 15, 2013 - 10:51 PM

0:18 AEROdynamic coating?? you mean HYDROdynamic coating. I would leave this planet iff sharks could fly

ATimelessLove August 17, 2013 - 7:15 AM

Staff Infections & Hospitals: Excuse me, why?! Care to explain! Avoiding hospitals from now on.

Phyrexious August 20, 2013 - 6:17 AM

Haven't you seen the documentary SHARKNADO??

vgamesx1 August 20, 2013 - 11:31 PM

I rather have 3,000 teeth though…

thelastviolinist12 August 22, 2013 - 9:40 PM

I don't think that SHARKNADO is a documentary.

Joseph Jumaili August 28, 2013 - 8:11 AM


Xeon897 August 31, 2013 - 10:58 PM

they're almost the same thing and are basically interchangeable

Richard Gauthier September 26, 2013 - 7:20 AM

i believe a side effect of having that reflective coating is that it makes the image more blurry, i think the way to go would be to make the rod cells in the human eye see a bigger spectrum of electromagnetic waves like infrared or ultraviolet.

-P4RALL3L- December 11, 2013 - 12:24 AM

Humans; Greedy Much?

Rum Dreg May 27, 2014 - 1:23 PM

This would be great for urethral catheters.

Robert Lembo July 8, 2017 - 10:19 AM

Describes shark skin as aerodynamic….smart people on this channel….

OhLord ImGreat October 12, 2019 - 9:52 AM

That intro made me want to find a different video for the answer

Itz SnapZ April 16, 2020 - 10:04 AM

i am going to dislike sir

FastTence Gaming May 16, 2020 - 8:08 PM


DD-SG September 24, 2020 - 7:28 PM


N / A September 29, 2020 - 3:11 PM

In seven whole years, it seems to have escaped everyone's notice that this "engineering marvel" that's a "genius of design" (see the video's written intro) has indeed so obviously been designed, and can't possibly have been designed so marvelously by an unrelated series of mere accidents.
Maybe it's time for you all to notice, there actually is a Creator of all these amazing wonders of the naturall world.

Wapper Jaw October 1, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Seeker, "Sharks are built to be the perfect killers, swimmers, and survivors. And we lowly humans are finally realizing the genius of their design."

…. Lol … It was designed! It took over 6000 years for mankind to achieve the technology just to start designing materials to mimic shark skin.

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Leila Pereira October 14, 2020 - 1:12 PM

Sharkskin is "hydrodynamic", since sharks live in water. The incorrect use of "aerodynamic" implies that sharks are out in the air, which is false. A bit of a shocking mistake for Discovery.

Mr. Jangles October 23, 2020 - 10:56 AM

Sharks predate dinosaurs?….lol!!!!!!

Feed Me HATE June 29, 2021 - 10:32 PM

Your dumb Shark Skinnis smooth go off yourself nerd lol