Great White Shark Facts

  • The scientific name of this shark species is Carcharodon carcharias, and they are also commonly known as white pointer, white death, as well as white shark
  • The Great White is between 12-16 feet long, and can grow up to 19-21 feet
  • They have about 3000 teeth, arranged in several rows. The first two rows of teeth are used for grabbing and cutting prey, while the teeth in the last rows rotate into place when front teeth are broken, worn down, or fall out
  • Females are ovoviviparous; the pups hatch from eggs retained within their mother’s body, and she then gives birth to live young
  • Great White Shark Jump
  • Recent evidence suggests that adults are probably pelagic for much of the year, readily being found in oceanic waters from the surface to depths of 980 metres and possibly more
  • At themoment of attack the Great White Shark roll its eyeballs back to protect the vital front part of the eye from being scratched
  • More than 70 percent of known victims of Great White Shark Attacks survive because the shark realizes it has made a mistake and doesn’t finish off the prey
  • Great White Shark meat is not recommended for human consumption because it has very high mercury levels, although its fins are considered a delicacy in some countries
  • Although the population size is difficult to assess, evidence suggests that numbers have declined in several areas by up to 90 percent over the last 40 to 100 years
  • For every one human killed by a shark, there are approximately 25 million sharks killed by humans


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