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Great White Shark

The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), also known as white pointer, white shark, or white death, is an exceptionally large shark found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans. Reaching lengths of more than 20 ft (6 m) and weighing up to 5,000 lb (2,250 kg), the great white shark is the world’s largest known predatory fish. Great white sharks live in almost all coastal and offshore waters which have a water temperature of between 54-75 F (12-24 C), with the greatest concentrations off the southern coasts of Australia, South Africa, California, and Mexico’s Isla Guadalupe.

Great white sharks display countershading, having a white underside and a grey dorsal area (sometimes in a brown or blue shade) that gives an overall “mottled” appearance. The coloration makes it difficult for prey to spot the shark because it breaks up the shark’s outline. When viewed from above, the darker shade blends in with the sea and when seen from below casts a minimal silhouette against the sunlight. Great white sharks, like many other sharks, have rows of teeth behind the main ones, allowing any that break off to be rapidly replaced. A great white shark’s teeth are serrated and when the shark bites it will shake its head side to side and the teeth will act as a saw and tear off large chunks of flesh.

Shark diving and photography are incredible experiences. The best locations in the world to photograph great white sharks include Guadalupe Island, Mexico with liveaboard dive operators and South Africa.

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