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About me

Let me make it simple for you and give you my introduction. I am the White Shark. I am also known as “Great White Shark”, “White Pointer” or you can call me simply “Great White”

My home

We are the only surviving member of the Charcarodon genus and the family of Lamnidae.

Carcharodon means jagged tooth (from Greek karcharos meaning sharp and odous meaning teeth).

Our delicious food

We usually patrol small coastal archipelagos with offshore reefs, banks, shoals and rocky headlands. Such areas are inhabited by seals, sea lions and walruses and we feed on them when we are hungry!

We usually cruise in a purposeful manner, either near the bottom or the surface of the seas, and spend relatively little time at midway depths.

As infants, we feed on fishes and other sharks, and as we reach adulthood, we feed on turtles, seals, sea lions, small whales, porpoises, dolphins and seabirds.

Hungry time

We hunt our prey by ambush. We just surprise our prey by suddenly rushing it.

We kill only out of essential need and have complex cultures and are guided by strict, pro-social moral codes.

Our delicious food

We usually patrol small coastal archipelagos with offshore reefs, banks, shoals and rocky headlands. Such areas are inhabited by seals, sea lions and walruses and we feed on them when we are hungry!

We usually cruise in a purposeful manner, either near the bottom or the surface of the seas, and spend relatively little time at midway depths.

As infants, we feed on fishes and other sharks, and as we reach adulthood, we feed on turtles, seals, sea lions, small whales, porpoises, dolphins and seabirds.

Hungry time

We hunt our prey by ambush. We just surprise our prey by suddenly rushing it.

We kill only out of essential need and have complex cultures and are guided by strict, pro-social moral codes.

We grow

Great White Shark males grow 3.5 to 4 meters (11.5 feet to 13 feet) and weigh 520 to 780 Kilograms (1146 to 1720 pounds ). Our girls grow 4.5 to 5 meters (15 to 16 feet) long and weigh on average 680 to 1,100 Kilograms ( 1499 to 2425 Pounds).

Wish me!!

Males mature at about 26 years and females usually conceive from about 33 years. I can swim at 60 km/hr and dive over a kilometer deep (3182 Ft). My average life span is over 70 years – the same as that of human beings.

Who we are?

We, in some form or another, have been around for over 400 million years, making an incredible evolutionary achievement. Do you know that our forefathers roamed earth’s water along with dinosaurs!! pretty cool, right!!

While most sharks are cold blooded, (he he he!!) meaning they are unable to control their body temperatures, but us, the Great White Sharks are warm blooded. This means that we are able to raise and lower our body temperature, allowing us to live in colder waters.

We have serrated teeths

Hey… you have 32 teeth, right? I have about 300 serrated teeth in several rows. My bite is 20 times stronger.

Shiver

We are sociable lot and will sometimes work together to increase our chances of catching prey. We are actually pretty shy and not very aggressive, after food we would like to just swim around.

“ Did you know a group of Great Whites is called a Shiver?”

We live in oceans

We live in oceans that are neither too cold nor too hot and spend most of the time in low-depth areas of coastal waters. Our range extends from the surf line to the open ocean and from the surface to depths over 1,300 m (4,265 ft).

Smell and bite

I can smell the presence of prey from over a mile away and even a drop of blood in 100 liters of water!

“Apex predator”

We are also quite afraid of humans! Because of poaching and killing us for our meat.

PLEASE SAVE US

We are caught globally, mostly as by-catch in inshore fisheries using different equipment for our skin, fin, flesh and teeth.

Shark fin soup is a very famous delicacy, making us more vulnerable to being hunted for our pretty fin. In the beach protection programs in Australia and South Africa, we are targeted, however, sometimes, these programs release live sharks.

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