Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) (3/9)

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The Great White Shark is one of the largest sharks in the ocean. Measuring up to 6.5 meters (more than 21 feet) is not uncommon. The largest Great White ever measured was over 7 meters long (23 feet). And get this, they can weigh 2 or even 3 metric tons in weight (that’s over 6,500 pounds)! That’s one big fish! Females are typically longer than males.
The Great White Shark is best known for his roll in the movie Jaws. This shark is known as the most dangerous in the Ocean, which is a true fact. But the bloodthirsty image of this magnificent creature is mostly dreamed up in the movies and for television ratings. In reality, Great White attacks are extremely rare, even when people swim in close proximity to them.
This creature is also known as the Carcharodon Carcharias, White Shark, White Pointer, or the White Death. This truly is an amazing creature and one of the most advanced predators in the animal kingdom. They look scary, are very powerful, have exceptional speed and maneuverability, and are expert hunters
First of all, it is almost never an “attack” against humans. Sharks, like other fish, will exhibit a behavior called test biting. Basically, they were interested in what they saw and thought you might be a food source. After an initial test bite on a human, sharks almost never return again. That’s why fatalities from shark bites are so rare (most fatalities are caused due to blood loss from an initial test bite).

But sometimes, on extremely rare occasions, sharks will attack a human. It is believed this only happens when the shark thinks your silhouette is a seal. But again, when the shark discovers you’re a person and not a seal, they quickly retreat.

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