10 Interesting Great White Shark Facts
1. Great white sharks are the largest predatory fish in the oceans.
2. The great white shark’s scientific name Carcharodon carcharias means ragged tooth.
3. The largest great white sharks recorded were over 20 feet long (6.1 m) and weighed over 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg).
4. Like all sharks, great white sharks have a “sixth sense” that detects electrical impulses such as your heart beating.
5. Adult great white sharks eat sea lions, seals, small toothed whales, sea turtles and carrion (meat from already dead animals). Young great white sharks eat mainly fish and rays.
6. Great white shark pups are 50-60 pounds at birth (22.7-27 kg), and 47-59 inches (120-150 cm) long.
7. Great white sharks are considered warm-blooded (like mammals) or endothermic. Their body temperature is warmer than the water surrounding them.
8. The only enemies of great white sharks are killer whales, larger sharks, and humans (who kill up to 100 million sharks of all species per year).
9. Recent studies suggest great white sharks use their excellent eyesight to spot their prey.
And the last great white shark fact is:
10. The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) considers great white sharks “vulnerable” to extinction (and not endangered-yet).
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