Friday, October 18, 2013

Photo: The Mighty Great White Shark

Carcharodon carcharias (also known as the great white, white pointer, and white shark) can be found primarily in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans.  They typically can be found near offshore reefs, banks, shoals and in areas that have active seal, sea lion and walrus colonies.

Great White males typically reach maturity at 10.5 to 13 feet (3.2 to 4 meters) in length, while females average 14 to 16 feet (4.25 to 4.9 meters).  Their weight can be between 1,500 to 2,400 lb (680 to 1,080 kg) with females generally being larger than males..

Great white's have a varied diet but marine mammals, including dolphins, are their preferred menu item.  Also included on their regular menu are other sharks, fish, rays and sea turtles. Not making the dining list are marine birds.  Although marine birds will occasionally be attacked by a great white, they are typically rejected as prey and not consumed.

Read more about great whites at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
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