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{{Taxonomy|name=Great White Shark|image=white_shark.jpg|caption=|domain=Eukaryota|kingdom= Animalia|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>http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/3855/0/full</ref>}}The '''Great great white shark''' (''Carcharadon Carcharodon carcharias'' ) is a huge and dangerous carnivorous fish, commonly growing to thirty feet or more in length. The only larger species of [[shark]]s are in the order [[plankton|planktivorous]] [[basking sharkLamniformes]] , and [[whale 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.
== Habits Description==The white shark is the third-largest fish on record, exceeded in size only by the plankton-feeding [[whale shark|whale]] and [[basking shark]]s. It is a large-bodied, robust animal with an average length between 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 for two individual, one caught in Cuba in the 1940s, and one caught off the Azores 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 [[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.
== Man-eating 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 flavour [[flavor]] comparing poorly with that of a [[blubber]]y [[pinnipedia|pinniped]]. However, some rogue individuals will develop a taste for human flesh and attack repeatedly. The book and film ''[[Jaws]]'' is based on such individualsthe inaccurate theory of a "rogue shark," a theory that is widely considered to be inaccurate.<ref>https://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 =={{reflist}} {{DEFAULTSORT:Shark, great white}}
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[[Category:Dangerous animalsCarnivores]]  ==links==*[http://homepage.mac.com/mollet/Cc/Cc_list.html White shark summary]
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