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|kingdom= Animalia
|subkingdom=Bilateria
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|phylum=Chordata
|subphylum=Vertebrata|infraphylum=Gnathostomata
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|class=Chondrichthyes
|subclass=Elasmobranchii
|infraclass=Euselachii
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|order=Lamniformes
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|genus=CharcharodonCarcharodon
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|species=C. carcharias
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|pop=Unknown
|conservation=Vulnerable<ref>http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/3855/0/full</ref>
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The '''great white shark''' or '''white shark''' (''Carcharadon Carcharodon carcharias'') is a large carnivorous fish considered to be dangerous to humans.  ==Entymology==The white species of [[shark's name is thought to have come from ]] in the pale appearence of exceptionally-large or old individuals; explorer order [[Lamniformes]], and author Jacques Cousteau reported encountering "a lead white" shark about 25 feet long off the Azores in his book only member of the genus ''The Silent WorldCarcharodon''. The white shark is known Known variously around the world as "white pointer" and , "white death" (Australia), "blue pointer" (South Africa), and "man-eater" (world-wideworldwide), the white shark has brought extensive scientific and sometimes as "Jaws", ater the famous book media attention to investigate its habits and filmbehavior.
==Description==
The white shark is the third-largest fish on record, exceeded in size only by the plankton-feeding [[whale shark|whale]] and [[basking sharksshark]]s. A It is a large-bodied, robust animal with an average length between 13-15 13–15 feet, and weigh between 1,500-2,450 pounds.<ref>http://www.jawshark.com/great_white_recorded_sizes. html</ref> Larger individuals have been caught from time to time, <ref>http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/05/110506-biggest-great-white-sharks-apache-caught-animals-science/</ref> with 21 feet the largest length currently recorded. A length of 37 feet has been claimed for a shark trapped two individual, one caught in a herring weir Cuba in New Brunswickthe 1940s, Canada in and one caught off the 1930'sAzores in 1978.
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 camoflage [[camouflage]] pattern. Its large cresent 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]]. The book and film ''[[Jaws]]'' is based on the inaccurate theory of a "rogue shark," a theory that is no widely considered to be inaccurate.<ref>httphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_Cageless_shark-diving_expedition</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==
*[http://homepage.mac.com/mollet/Cc/Cc_list.html White shark summary]
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