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Great White Shark

World Record ~ 2664 Lbs Caught at Ceduna, S. Australia on Apr. 21, 1959 by angler Alfred Dean

Scientific name ~  Carcharodon Carcharias

Other names ~  Great White, and White Pointer, White Death

Identification ~  The Great White Shark has a stout, heavy body that is slate blue, grayish, or almost black along the back and upper sides. The belly is white, there are black edges on the pectoral fins and often there is a black oval blotch on the body just above or behind the fins.The great white shark has a large cone shaped head with the snout ending in a point

Size ~ Adult white sharks grow to about 21 ft. long and dominate their domain as one of the top-level predators of the ocean. A typical adult great white shark measures 13 to 16 ft with a typical weight of 1,500 to 2,450 lb, females generally being larger than males. A female white shark was captured off Pt. Vincente in September 1986 that measured 17.6 ft and weighed 4,140 lbs.

Habitat ~ The white shark is found worldwide but occurs mostly in temperate seas, with large individuals known to penetrate tropical waters. It makes sporadic movements to cold, boreal waters and has been recorded off Alaskan and Canadian coasts. The white shark spends most of its time living in the upper part of the water column and is a dweller of nearshore waters. However, it ranges from the surfline to well offshore and from the surface and to depths over 775 ft. This shark commonly patrols small coastal archipelagos inhabited by seals, sea lions and walruses, offshore reefs, banks and shoals and rocky headlands where deepwater lies close to shore. The white shark usually cruises in a purposeful manner, either just off the bottom or near the surface, but spends very little time at midwater depths.

Feeding Habits ~ Its most important prey items are marine mammals, including, seals, sea lions, elephant seals, dolphins and fish including other sharks and rays.

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