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GREAT WHITE SHARK FACTS
|Scientific name:||Squalus Carcharias|
|Lifespan:||40-50 years – some males live up to 70 years|
Great White Sharks are one of the most feared by humans. Their large size and rows of sharp teeth are noticeably scary, however, Great White Shark attacks on humans are actually very rare.
Great Whites have no known predators, other than the Orca (Killer) Whale. Their speed and colouring make them difficult to escape, and extremely effective in hunting. Great Whites are able to blend into the ocean floor, making them difficult to spot from above.
Great White Sharks can be found in temperate waters, very rarely venturing to colder climates. With their incredible speed, they can launch their strong bodies up to 10 feet in the air when breaching!
Great Whites can be found in most coastal waters that have a temperature between 12 and 24 degrees Celcius. The United States, South Africa, Oceania, Mediterranean, Japan and Chile are most commonly where one can find Great White Sharks.
Great White Sharks are considered Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List. Read more about Shark threats.