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\[[Image:Great_white_shark.jpg|right|thumb|350px|A 12-foot long Great white shark photographed off the coast of Mexico. Photo by Terry Goss.]]
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The '''great white shark''' (''Carcharodon carcharias'') is a species of [[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.
  
The '''great white shark''' (''Carcharadon carcharias'') is a large carnivorous fish considered to be dangerous to humans. Although the average size of the shark is 13 to 15 feet, sightings of sharks 20 feet long and larger are common. According to the [[Guinness Book of World Records]], the largest great white ever caught was 37 feet in length. The only larger [[shark]]s are the [[plankton|planktivorous]] [[basking shark]] and [[whale shark]].
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==Description==
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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.
  
== Habits ==
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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.
  
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== 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.
 
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 ==
 
== 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]].  
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Most attacks on surfers and 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>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_Cageless_shark-diving_expedition</ref>
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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>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]].
 
Great white sharks have recently become rare due to human persecution, and are now protected in [[South Africa]] and [[Australia]].
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== References ==
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[[Category:Sharks]]
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==links==
 
==links==
<ref>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_Cageless_shark-diving_expedition</ref>
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*[http://homepage.mac.com/mollet/Cc/Cc_list.html White shark summary]

Latest revision as of 11:06, 26 September 2018

Great White Shark
White shark.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Class Chondrichthyes
Sub-class Elasmobranchii
Infra-class Euselachii
Order Information
Order Lamniformes
Family Information
Family Lamnidae
Genus Information
Genus Carcharodon
Species Information
Species C. carcharias
Population statistics
Population Unknown
Conservation status Vulnerable[1]

The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is a species of 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 white shark is the third-largest fish on record, exceeded in size only by the plankton-feeding whale and basking sharks. It is a large-bodied, robust animal with an average length between 13–15 feet, and weigh between 1,500-2,450 pounds.[2] Larger individuals have been caught from time to time,[3] 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 penguins 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 seals and sea lions, 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 swimmers are believed to cases of mistaken identity, and they are generally not finished off, their flavor comparing poorly with that of a blubbery 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.[4]

Great white sharks have recently become rare due to human persecution, and are now protected in South Africa and Australia.

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