Great White Shark

great_white_sharkPhoto Credit: Terry Goss, 2006

Great White Shark

Carcharodon carcharias

Also Known As: White Shark

Conservation Status: Endangered

Size: From head to tail measurements range from 13 feet to as high as 21 feet, though a 36 foot specimen was once captured. The weight of the Great White shark varies between 1500-4200 pounds.

Range: All oceans.

Habitat: Live in all oceans near a coast line.

Diet: Carnivorous, fish is the main staple of their diet though they also eat mammals such as dolphins and whales.

Breeding: Information about the breeding and reproduction habits of the Great White Shark is unknown.

Warnings: The Great White shark has been known to attack humans! Though most attacks by sharks are not fatal, swim with extreme caution in all ocean waters!

Description & Behavior
The Great White shark has a long sleek body with tough skin, described as having a rough almost sand-paper like feel and a cone-shaped snout. The color of the Great White shark varies from grey to brownish to blue, but the underside is pure white. Also, the Great White shark has a dark spot by the dorsal fins, has two pectoral fins, and one caudal fin.