Facts on the Great White shark

When people are talking about the Great White shark, the first thing that comes to mind is the Jaws theme song. But what do they really know about the facts on the Great White shark? Let's find out!

The Great White shark belongs to the order of the Lamniformes. Its scientific name is Carcharadon Carcharias. The minimum length of an adult Great White shark starts at 6.1 m. The starting weight is 1,250 kg.
The largest Great White shark ever found and recorded measured 19 feet in length and weighted 4,680 lbs.                 

While known as of respectable size, it is still much smaller than its ancestor, the Megalodon shark which had a length averaging between 12 and 16 m (40 to 52 ft) and could weigh up to 60 tons. The link between the great white and the Megalodon was based mainly on the triangular serrated teeth of each one of them.  

The diet of the Great White shark is mainly based on seals, dolphins, whale carcasses, seabirds, turtles, squids and other sharks. Where does it live? Its natural habitat is mainly located in temperate and tropical waters. In fact, it is most popular along the California coast in the USA, in Australia and South Africa.

This shark species is ovoviviparous which means that pups hatched from eggs in the uterus then feed on their weaker siblings until delivery. A delivery of an average 5 to 10 pups up to a maximum of 14 pups will be delivered.                

The life span of the Great White shark is estimated to be an average of 30 to 40 years. An interesting characteristic of the Great White shark is the fact that it keeps its body temperature higher than its surrounding which explains that it can live in colder waters.                

The Great White shark is also known for its peculiar behavior as it performs quite an acrobatic breaching technique when attacking its prey from underneath.

The Great White shark may be known as ferocious but in
comparison to humans, the damages caused by its natural curiosity but the real victims here are not humans. In fact, the Great White shark is responsible of 10 fatal shark attacks on humans every year while humans kill 100 million sharks every year. As you can see, despite Jaws
was way off, making a bad reputation for the Great White shark.

Now that you are aware of all these facts, the question that automatically pops in your mind is: "Is the Great White shark endangered?" Well, the answer is yes, which explains why this shark species is protected by several countries such as Australia, the United States of America, South Africa and now by New Zealand. It used to be
hunted for its fins to make shark fin soup. It is also wanted for its  cartilage, its oil, its teeth and jaws.

If you wish to learn more about the various types of sharks, I invite you to the following main page: Types of sharks.