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The Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

Great White Shark

The Great White Shark.

The Great White Shark or affectionally known as the "Great White" belongs to a group of sharks named Mackerel Sharks. Its common name was derived from the shark's white underbelly. They are solitary animals, but have also been reported to swim in pairs or groups. They are found on all coasts of Australia, and furthermore throughout the World.

They range between 3.5 to 5 metres long, and weigh on average 1,300kg. The females are large than males. The Great White is grey in colour from the top, and white underneath. They have on average 2,800 teeth in their mouth, all in rows and triangle in shape. They are slanted on an angle inwards, which helps keep hold of their prey.


Being predatory animals, they feed on other fish, including other sharks. They can even tackle small whales. 

Amazing Fact: Great White's also eat animals that are already dead.

They attack their prey once, and then wait and let their prey bleed to death. They have an amazing sense of smell, and can pick up blood in water a long way away. This helps them to track down their prey, or potential prey. 

Amazing Fact: Shark's need to swim, or they will sink!

The Great White is constantly swimming, or it will begin to drop in the ocean.

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