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Great white shark

(Carcharodon carcharias)


Category: Fish



These mighty predators can be found in the coastal waters of all major oceans, open ocean, as well as on long oceanic migrations and trips into very deep water. Mature individuals can reach over 20 feet in length and weigh over 7000 pounds! Their lifespan is estimated to be around 70 years. One of the densest great white populations is around Dyer Island, South Africa, where most great white shark research is conducted. The great white is one of only a few species of shark that will raise its head above water level to look at objects such as prey.


Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Chondrichthyes
Order - Lamniformes
Family - Lamnidae
Genus - Carcharodon
Species - C. carcharias

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Interesting Animal Facts

The Oldest Fish in the Sea?

The Greenland Sleeper Shark, the only living species of sub-Arctic shark, is an apex predator only slightly smaller than the great white shark, with an estimated lifespan of 200 years - one of the longest-living vertebrates on the planet. While the Greenland Shark is a slow swimmer, it will eat just about anything: eels, flounders, other sharks, seals - and those are just animals who live in the water! Polar bear remains and even an entire reindeer body have been found inside these sharks! Fortunately, while there are Inuit legends of Greenland sharks attacking kayaks, there have been no reports of human predation. There have been, however many cases of people eating Greenland sharks! Their meat is highly toxic - it will produce effects in your body similar to being extremely drunk, but a fermented version that has been hung out to dry for several weeks is considered a delicacy in Iceland.

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