Great White Shark Facts

Great White Shark facts and information
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  • The great white shark is a large lamniform shark. A lamniform shark is also called a mackerel shark. A lamniform shark is distinguished by having a dorsal fin on its back and two pectoral fins on its sides. They also have five gill slits and eyes that do not have a protective membrane. They also have a mouth that extends beyond the eyes.
  • Great white sharks can be found in coastal surface waters in every major ocean. They can swim in water only three feet deep.
  • The great white shark is grey in color with its underbelly colored white. It has a tail that is crescent shaped and a pointed snout.
  • They are streamlined, torpedo-shaped swimmers with powerful tails that can propel them through the water at speeds of up to 15 miles (24 kilometers) per hour.
  • They can reach a length of 20 feet (6m) and weigh close to 5,000 pounds (2,240kg).
  • They have about 3000 teeth, arranged in several rows. The first two rows of teeth are used for grabbing and cutting prey. The teeth in the last rows can rotate forward when the front teeth are broken or fall out. The teeth are shaped like triangles and the edges are serrated, like a steak knife. The great white shark can live from 30 to 100 years.
  • The great white shark is the largest predatory fish. It eats seals, dolphins, porpoises and sea lions, along with most other fish in the ocean.
  • The White Shark has litters of about 7-9 pups. The females only reproduce twice in her whole life.
  • Great whites can detect one drop of blood in the water up to 3 miles away.
  • The number of great white sharks is decreasing due to overfishing and being accidently caught in nets. The great white shark is on the endangered species list.