Chatham Sharks Top Great White Facts


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Sharks Spotted Off Chatham MA
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  1. Great whites grow to an average of 15 feet (4.6 meters) in length, though specimens exceeding 20 feet (6 meters) and weighing up to 5,000 pounds (2,268 kilograms)


  2. Great whites are vulnerable to extinction because of overfishing, catching in gill nets, illegal trade, and other factors.


  3. Sharks do not have a swim bladder, the balloon-like organ that fills with air and keeps most fish upright. Because they don't have a swim bladder, sharks sink when they're not swimming.


  4. Chatham MA Shark
    Picture Taken Off Chatham MA Coast
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  5. Great white sharks live in almost all coastal and offshore waters which have a water temperature of between 12 °C (54 °F) and 24 °C (75 °F).


  6. The ancestors of sharks lived 400 million years ago, 200 million years before dinosaurs.


  7. Sharks can swim up to 40MPH.


  8. Chatham Shark
    A Shark Leaps Out of the Water Off the Coast of South Africa
    Image thanks to csmonitor.com

  9. Sharks have an amazing sense of smell. They can smell blood in the water from up to a mile away.


  10. Sharks are "apex predators," which means they are predators that have no predators of their own, save for man.


  11. The average shark has up to 4,000 teeth.


  12. Great White sharks primarily eat fish, smaller sharks, turtles, dolphins, seals and sea lions.

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