5 Interesting Facts About Great White Sharks

This is a great white shark looking for its next meal

This is a great white shark looking for its next meal

Great white sharks are my friend’s favourite animal, so I thought that I should write this post for him.  I like great white sharks too and have always wanted to learn more about them.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. Great white sharks are the largest predatory shark in the world, with the largest one measured at over 6 metres (21 feet).  Whale sharks and basking sharks are larger, but they eat plankton and don’t hunt their prey like great white sharks do.
  2. With about 5-7 rows of razor sharp, serrated teeth, great white sharks have about 300 teeth in their mouth.  These teeth are replaced whenever one breaks off.
  3. Great white sharks don’t have eye lids, so they close their eyes at the last second when they attack to protect their eyes from damage.
  4. Whilst people are often scared of great white sharks, most attacks on people happen when they confuse them for seals, which is one of their major prey.  You have a much higher chance of being hit by lightning than getting eaten by a great white shark.
  5. Great white sharks are found in every major ocean across the world, except for the coldest waters near the polar caps.  Despite their wide range, they are considered to be vulnerable in the wild.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about great white sharks?

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Basking Shark

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