Great white shark

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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" (world-wideworldwide), the white shark has brought extensive scientific and media attention to investigate its habits and behavior.
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 13–15 feet, and weigh between 1,500-2,450 pounds.<ref></ref>. Larger individuals have been caught from time to time,<ref></ref>, with 21 feet the largest length currently recorded for two individual, one caught in Cuba in the 1940's1940s, 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.
== 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 [[blubber]]y [[pinnipedia|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</ref>
Great white sharks have recently become rare due to human persecution, and are now protected in [[South Africa]] and [[Australia]].
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[[Category: Fish]][[Category: Carnivores]]
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