The Great White Shark
Great White Sharks are the largest predators in the ocean. Carcharodon carcharias is the scientific name for this fierce species of fish which means “Sharp toothed”. An average Great White Shark is about 15 feet in length and weighs up to 2250 kg. They are at the top of the ocean’s food chain. Orca Whales or other Great White Sharks themselves are their only predators. A baby White Shark is called a pup.
Facts you didn’t know: –
- A Great White Shark has an average lifespan of 25 years.
- They have three major fins: – Caudal fin, Pectoral fin and Dorsal fin.
- Their blue-gray color on the dorsal helps them to blend in with the bottom of the ocean.
- Great White Sharks have a white belly which makes it difficult for other sea creatures to see them.
- They are warm-blooded and can regulate their own body temperature.
- On average, a great white shark has a litter size of about 2-10 pups.
- They are believed to be intelligent and highly inquisitive.
- They have an acute sense of smell and can smell a single drop of blood floating in 10 billion drops of water. They have nostrils on the underside of the snout.
- They have two small openings behind and above the eyes that work as their external ears.
- These sharks are opportunistic eaters.
- They are carnivores and generally prey on other sea creatures like Tuna fish, seals, some species of whales, seabirds, dolphin etc.
- They also have an elaborate sense of touch through the lateral line.
- Great white sharks are found in temperate waters all over the world.