Chatham Sharks Top Great White Facts
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- 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)
- Great whites are vulnerable to extinction because of overfishing, catching in gill nets, illegal trade, and other factors.
- 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.
- 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).
- The ancestors of sharks lived 400 million years ago, 200 million years before dinosaurs.
- Sharks can swim up to 40MPH.
A Shark Leaps Out of the Water Off the Coast of South Africa Image thanks to csmonitor.com
- Sharks have an amazing sense of smell. They can smell blood in the water from up to a mile away.
- Sharks are "apex predators," which means they are predators that have no predators of their own, save for man.
- The average shark has up to 4,000 teeth.
- Great White sharks primarily eat fish, smaller sharks, turtles, dolphins, seals and sea lions.
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