Great white shark''' '' Carcharadon carcharias'' is a huge and dangerous carnivorous fish, commonly growing to thirty feet or more in length. The only larger [[shark]] s are the [[ plankton|planktivorous]] [[basking shark]] and [[whale shark ]].
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.
Most attacks on surfers and
bathers are believed to cases of mistaken identity, and they are generally not finished off, their flavour comparing poorly with that of a [[blubber]]y [[pinniped]]. However, some rogue individuals will develop a taste for human flesh and attack repeatedly. The book and film ''[[Jaws]]'' is based on such individuals.
Great white sharks have recently become rare due to human persecution, and are now protected in South Africa and Australia.
Dangerous animals] ]