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The white shark's name is thought to have come from the pale appearence of exceptionally-large or old individuals; explorer and author Jacques Cousteau reported encountering "a lead white" shark about 25 feet long off the Azores in his book ''The Silent World''.
The white shark is known variously as "white pointer" and "white death" (Australia), "blue pointer" (South Africa), "man-eater" (world-wide), and sometimes as "Jaws",
ater the famous book and film.
The white shark is the third-largest fish on record, exceeded in size by the plankton-feeding whale and basking sharks. A large-bodied, robust animal with an average length between 13-15 feet. Larger individuals have been caught from time to time, with 21 feet the largest length currently recorded. A length of 37 feet has been claimed for a shark trapped in a [[herring]] [[weir]] in [[New Brunswick]], Canada in the 1930's.
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 pattern. Its large cresent tail provides quick bursts of speed when needed.
== Habits ==
== Attacks on humans ==
Most attacks on surfers and
bathers are believed to cases of mistaken identity, and they are generally not finished off, their [[flavor]] comparing poorly with that of a [[blubber]]y [[pinniped]].
The book and film ''[[Jaws]]'' is based on the inaccurate theory of a "rogue shark," a theory that is widely considered to be inaccurate.<ref>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_Cageless_shark-diving_expedition</ref>