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GREAT WHITE SHARK – description

Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is one of the largest and most aggressive ocean predators. Back and sides of this fish are gray, brown or black, and the belly is white, why the shark got its name. The average size of the predator is 5-6 meters and weights from 600 to 3200 kg, although was able to measure specimen, the length of which reached 11 meters, but apparently this is not the limit. Instances that are less than four meters, has not yet reached puberty and are considered teenagers.

Scientists have found out an interesting fact: at the end of the tertiary period there existed a great white shark, measuring up to 30 m in length. In the mouth of such a giant could easily accommodate eight people, and if this type of has survived to the present day, the existence side by side wouldn’t do humanity any good.

The great white shark prefers to lead a solitary life. Its habitat is huge, this species can be found almost anywhere in the ocean near the shore and away from him. Despite the fact that the white shark prefers to stay on the surface of the water, it can be lowered to great depths, himself quite comfortable there feeling. One copy managed to catch at the deep! These fish are very common in warm waters, but are found in temperate latitudes.Females grow no more than two cubs, and the rest they eat.

This species has very large (up to 5 cm in length) and the wide teeth are triangular, serrated at the edges (you can look at the teeth of a great white shark below). Powerful jaws give the opportunity to bite the bone and cartilage of the victims without much effort, the victim is practically devoid of chances for salvation. Shark has several rows of teeth, and if for some reason the front row of teeth gets damaged, in their place, like on the line, there are new.

The great white shark can last several seconds to swallow the victim who got in her way. In the selection of food she is not picky and eat even their own kind. In the stomach of a predator was able to find completely intact carcasses of victims, length of two meters. Larger prey is torn to pieces. White shark feeds on smaller animals. Its diet includes mackerel, groupers, tuna, seals, fur seals, sea otters. sea turtles, and carrion and garbage.

The described species is considered one of the most dangerous for people. There were numerous cases of attacks not only on humans but also on the boats in the water. Over the past few years, officially registered about 100 such attacks, how many of them were actually unknown to anyone. Most often, the meeting end in death, only a small part of the victims can be saved.

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