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Great white shark

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[[Image:Great_white_shark{{Taxonomy|name=Great White Shark|image=white_shark.jpg|rightcaption=|thumbdomain=Eukaryota|350pxkingdom= Animalia|A 12-foot long Great subkingdom=Bilateria|superphylum=|phylum=Chordata|subphylum=Vertebrata|infraphylum=Gnathostomata |microphylum=|superdivision=|division=|subdivision=|superclass=|class=Chondrichthyes|subclass=Elasmobranchii|infraclass=Euselachii |superorder=|order=Lamniformes|suborder=|infraorder=|superfamily=|family=Lamnidae|subfamily=|supertribe=|tribe=|subtribe=|genera=|genus=Carcharodon|subgenus=|species=C. carcharias|binomialname=|sub=|alt=|regionimg=|pop=Unknown|conservation=Vulnerable<ref></ref>}}The '''great white shark photographed off the coast ''' (''Carcharodon carcharias'') is a species of Mexico[[shark]]in the order [[Lamniformes]], and the only member of the genus ''Carcharodon''. Known variously around the world as "white pointer", "white death" (Australia), "blue pointer" (South Africa), and "man-eater" (worldwide), the white shark has brought extensive scientific and media attention to investigate its habits and behavior.
==Description==The '''great white shark''' (''Carcharadon carcharias'') is a large carnivorous fish considered to be dangerous to humans. Although the average third-largest fish on record, exceeded in size of only by the plankton-feeding [[whale shark |whale]] and [[basking shark]]s. It is 13 to 15 feeta large-bodied, sightings of sharks 20 robust animal with an average length between 13–15 feet long , and larger are commonweigh between 1,500-2,450 pounds. According <ref></ref> Larger individuals have been caught from time to the [[Guinness Book of World Records]]time, the largest <ref> -white ever -sharks-apache-caught was 37 -animals-science/</ref> with 21 feet in the largest length. The only larger [[shark]]s are currently recorded for two individual, one caught in Cuba in the [[plankton|planktivorous]] [[basking shark]] 1940s, and [[whale shark]]one caught off the Azores in 1978.
== Habits ==The white shark has a coloration pattern shared by the [[orca]] and [[penguin]]s in that it is generally a dark grey above, and a pale cream to white underside, thought by scientists to be a [[camouflage]] pattern. Its large crescent tail provides quick bursts of speed when needed.
== Habits ==
Great white sharks are found worldwide in tropical and temperate waters. They can regulate their body temperature to some degree, so as to remain active in cold water. Feeding particularly on marine mammals such as [[fur seal]]s and [[sea lion]]s, great white sharks typically capture their prey by giving a single devastating bite, then retreating and circling until the victim has bled to death.
== Attacks on humans ==
Most attacks on surfers and bathers swimmers are believed to cases of mistaken identity, and they are generally not finished off, their [[flavor]] comparing poorly with that of a [[blubber]]y [[pinnipedia|pinniped]]. However, although it is rare, there are cases of rogue individuals who were purposely attack humans. The book and film ''[[Jaws]]'' is based on these the inaccurate theory of a "rogue individualsshark," a theory that is widely considered to be inaccurate.<ref></ref>
Great white sharks have recently become rare due to human persecution, and are now protected in [[South Africa]] and [[Australia]].
== References ==
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[[Category:SharksFish]][[Category:Dangerous animalsCarnivores]]  ==links==*[ White shark summary]
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