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by A.D

Great White Sharks

The most famous story about a great white shark is Jaws. The story tells how a savage great white shark killed and frightened people on the beaches of New England. Great white sharks are the most dangerous of all sharks. It is said that they are designed only for killing. Luckily great white sharks are not as common as other less harmful sharks.

How They Look

Great white sharks have brownish gray backs with pale gray or white undersides. Their pectoral fins are tipped with black. The average female great white shark grows about 15 feet long. Female sharks are usually bigger than males. The largest great white shark known was nearly 30 feet long. It would have weighed about 4 tons.

Where They Live

Great white sharks live in the warm seas. In the summer they can be found in the more northern areas of the Atlantic Ocean like New England and New Jersey. In the winter these great white sharks migrate south along the eastern seaboard to the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic Ocean. Great whites can be found in the warm shallow bays in many countries.

What They Eat

All sharks are carnivorous or flesh eating. Great white sharks will eat almost any kind of flesh, whether alive or dead. They eat larger fish, seals, sea lions, turtles and even dead whales. Two whole seal lions were found inside the body of one 16 foot shark. Many great whites are found all the coast of California, where there are sea lion colonies on which they can prey for food.

Their Jaws and Teeth

Great white sharks have very stron jaws and huge teeth. The teeth in the shark's upper jaws are triangular and can grow up to 3 inches long. The teeth are narrower in the lower jaws. Each tooth has serrated edges like a saw which makes them doubly sharp.

Shark Attack

It is thought that great white sharks are responsible for about 4 in 10 shark attacks on humans. They attack more often than any other shark.

How They Attack

Almost no one who has been attacked by a great white shark saw the fish coming. The first thing they knew was that a part of their body had been snatched by a shark. Some sharks circle their prey before an attack, but the great white shark moves in quickly and without warning. With the first strike it will disable its prey. With the next, it seeks to kill and eat its victim.

Avoiding Shark Attacks

The risk of shark attack is very low. Nevertheless, you can reduce even further your chances of being attacked by how you act. You should never swim at the beaches where sharks are common. Do not swim alone especially at dusk or after dark when the sharks are feeding. Do not wear bright jewelry or watches in the water. Never swim with an open wound. The blood will attract sharks.



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