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py0191-D. Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) underwater, Guadalupe Island, Mexico, Pacific Ocean.
underwater stock photos of Great White Sharks, available for licensing
nj5. Great White Shark, breaching at sunset attacking a seal decoy. Photo from South Africa.
Great White Shark pictures, including breaching from South Africa
py50068-D. picture of dorsal fin of Great White Shark, also called White Pointer.
marine photograph of the dorsal fin which strikes fear into mankind
ms5. Great White Shark, dangerous species, mouth open showing teeth. Conceptual imagery.
dramatic Great White Shark images with impact for advertising

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Great White Shark, also called White Pointer
scientific name Carcharodon carcharias
range worldwide, temperate and occasionally tropical
South Africa, South Australia, Guadalupe Is. Mexico
habitat primarily coastal
size to 20 feet (6.5m), 7000 lbs.
diet pinnipeds (seals and sea lions), fish
trivia far fewer attacks on man than media portrays; serrated teeth; Megaladon ancestor might have been 50' long; protected in some waters
How we love our monsters. Few creatures are as fascinating, or fearful,  as the Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias. The anti-hero in Jaws, stalker of surfers and unsuspecting swimmers, it is a world famous celebrity, though we know very little about its biology and behavior. Some people swear never ever to enter the ocean because of it, while others travel around the globe spending thousands of dollars to dive with it.
     One of the largest and most dangerous shark species, it belongs to the family Lamnidae, the Mackerel Sharks. Thick-bodied, torpedo-shaped, with a conical snout, soul-less black eyes and a mouth full of large, triangular teeth, it has evolved over millions of years to hold a position at the top of the food chain. Unquestionably dangerous, it never-the-less does not deserve its reputation as a ravenous man-eater. More people are bitten by people each year than by "white death"; more hapless humans are killed by falling vending machines. Statistically speaking, great whites are not worth worrying about. 
     White sharks are not abundant anywhere. They are most likely to be found in temperate coastal waters, often around rocky reefs and kelp beds, and especially near seal and sea lion rookeries. Adults feed primarily on such warm-blooded, fat-rich marine mammals, though also dine on bottom fish, tuna, other sharks and rays, and the odd sea bird, turtle, whale or dolphin. Carrion is a particular favorite; a dead whale is an irresistible treat. Juvenile white sharks eat primarily fish. In South Africa, great whites have developed a special hunting technique, breaching clear of the water in an extraordinary surprise attack on seal pups.
     Females are sexually mature at approximately 10 to 12 years old, and give birth to 7 to 9 live pups approximately 4 feet (1.3) in length. With only four to six such litters in a lifetime, this species is extremely vulnerable to overfishing. Even though officially protected in a few places including South Australia and South Africa, the future of the great white is uncertain. They are still being killed by fishermen and trophy hunters.


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