Interesting and Cool Great White Shark Facts

The great white shark is the stuff of nightmares for most people. In fact, this is one of the least dangerous creatures for humans. We explain why in the next paragraphs!

Are you down for some interesting and cool facts, information and trivia on great white sharks? We’re happy to oblige.

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  1. The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is a fish. Its body can reach a minimum of 15 ft (4.6 m). The largest white shark ever recorded had a size of 21 feet (which means 6.4 m). These sea creatures can weigh 5,000 lbs (2,268 kg). The largest one had a total weight of 7,302 pounds (3,312 kg);
  2. The upper body of a great white shark has a slate-gray color. The underbelly is white, which is where the creature’s name comes from.The color of its upper body is used as camouflage. The tail of this fish is very powerful;Great-white-shark
  3. A great white shark’s mouth has around 300 teeth. They’re both serrated and triangular teeth. Also, they’re all arranged in a couple of rows;
  4. This shark variety is equipped with special organs. The latter are able to easily perceive an animal’s electromagnetic field. Great white sharks also have a great sense of smell. These interesting animals hear well, too. Their eyesight is also good;
  5. The habitat of this species of fish includes the following: the coasts of Australia, the northeastern United States, South Africa, California, around the Azores, eastern Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, the Seychelles, northwestern Africa, Madagascar, northern Australia, Mauritius, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Hawaii, and New Caledonia. Coastal seas with temperate climate are much preferred. The great white shark also loves salty and warm coastal seas. They avoid extreme water temperatures;
  6. There is no exact number of great white sharks in the wild. What is known is that this creature is, according to the IUCN Red List, vulnerable. This status will soon become “endangered.” The reason: this animal gets trapped in gill nets and is one of the many victims of overfishing;
  7. The diet of a great white shark contains these: sea lions, carrion, and small-toothed whales. They also feed on sea turtles and seals. This animal will only attack and kill a human if it feels threatened. Great white sharks don’t shy away from hunting and killing their own prey;
  8. The body of a great white shark has the shape of a torpedo. This makes hunting and swimming very efficient. The speed this fish can reach: 15 miles (24 kilometers) per hour;
  9. A group of great white sharks is called a “shoal” or a “school.” Thus, they’re social animals. Males rarely fight among themselves over food or something else;
  10. The baby of a great white shark is known as a “pup.” During the gestation period, this offspring can swallow its teeth. The latter are rich in minerals such as calcium. It is believed that the teeth are swallowed because the pup wants to use those nourishing minerals. The mother can have 1-12 pups. At birth, the baby shark doesn’t depend on its mother for care or food. Also, the pup has the following size: 4-5 feet (1.2-2.5 m);
  11. A great white shark can live, in the wild, around 70 years.great-white-breaching

Here are some cool great white shark facts:

  • the tongue, known as a “basihyal,” is made of cartilage. Its purpose is to feel the prey’s taste, texture and so on;
  • 1 drop of blood in 25 gallons (or 100 liters) of water can easily be detected by this shark. If some blood is spilled at a distance of 3 miles (5 km), this creature can also sense it. That’s thanks to the shark’s powerful olfactory bulb;
  • a great white shark has 6 senses. They’re touch, sight, taste, electroreception, hearing, and smell;
  • their blood is warm;
  • these sharks’ growth rate is very slow. This is why sexual maturity is reached when they’re 14-16 years old (for females) and 8-10 years (for males);
  • these animals aren’t equipped with eyelids. To save the eyes from damage, sharks have to roll them back;
  • the great white shark is the only known shark species to bring its head above the water. One of the reasons is to perform spy-hopping. This means the shark wants to have a look at its future food;
  • the liver of this fish is very big. Its weight: approximately 24% of the shark’s total weight;
  • you shouldn’t eat this animal. Its meat contains very high levels of mercury;
  • this sea creature loses its teeth throughout its live. The teeth are replaced every time that happens;
  • the only know sea predator for these sharks is the orca;
  • in fact, according to studies, the great white shark is able to live 3 months after its most recent meal;
  • great white sharks can’t live more than a couple of days in the wild;
  • the back of a shark can also be one of these colors: black, dark blue, brown or grey;
  • some 11 tons of food are consumed by this fish in 1 year;
  • over 70% of humans attacked by these sharks survive.

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