Great White Shark Facts
- Firstly, the Great White Shark represents a species of large shark inhabiting nearly all oceans. It also remains one of the oceans primary apex predators.
- This incredibly efficient hunter also has no known predators of its own, except for rare attacks by orcas when other, easier prey cannot be found.
- It also exemplifies a fast and far-ranging hunter. It can reach speeds of as much as 35 mph (56 kph) and depths of as much as 3,900 ft (1,200 m).
- For a variety of reasons, the IUCN also currently lists this terrifying, but nonetheless majestic creature as Vulnerable.
Great White Shark Physical Description
The rather impressive Great White Shark attains a maximum known length of 20 ft (6 m) and weighs as much as roughly 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg). Reports of larger individuals occur but remain undocumented.
Most commonly it appears grayish in color on the top part of its body and white underneath. Like many species of sharks, the Great White has multiple rows of teeth.
Like all sharks, it also possesses a special sensory organ which allows it to detect the electromagnetic fields generated by the movement of living animals.
In this species, this sense seems to be rather especially acute, allowing it to detect a field of half a billionth volt. This represents less than that generated by the beating of a human heart.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Chondrichthyes
- Order: Lamniformes
- Family: Lamnidae
- Genus: Carcharodon
- Species: C. carcharias
Great White Shark Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The astonishing Great White Shark also inhabits virtually all temperate and tropical waters. It most commonly appears in coastal and offshore areas, however, at depths of as much as 1000 ft (300 m).
Yet, this mesmerizing hunter also often hunts at far greater depths in the open ocean.
Its lifespan also averages 25-30 years. It remains quite famous for being a highly aggressive predator and feeding on a wide variety of prey. This includes tuna, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, sea otters, and even marine birds.