Great White Sharks: A Look at the Apex Predator

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Great white sharks have existed for a long time. However, they were brought to mainstream popularity by Jaws. This was a 1975 movie directed by the prestigious Steven Spielberg. Despite being the world’s largest predatory fish, they are anything but brutal hunters. This runs contrary to what the Spielberg movie might lead one to believe.

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Great white sharks belong to a group of warm-blooded sharks. Therefore, not all sharks are cold-blooded predators. According to Live Science, this shark is able to keep its body temperature warmer than its surroundings. On the other hand, cold-blooded sharks cannot do this.

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These fierce predators of the deep have streamlined bodies. Moreover, they are silver in color like most sharks. This allows them to smoothly glide through the ocean currents. The sharks have several rows of sharp teeth. Great whites can have up to 300 teeth at a time. Of course, these teeth allow them to feast on their prey with ease. The sharks have a carnivore diet. Thus, they will feed on smaller fish. Being the apex predator, they are at the top of the food chain. The great white only feasts on its meal and nobody dares to mess with this mighty fish!

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While the sharks are massive, females tend to be larger than males. According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, this shark can grow up to 20 feet in length. However, some reports say they can even grow beyond this enormous size. In fact, some unconfirmed accounts state they can grow as large as 23 feet.

The great whites have a large geographical range. They can be found in the waters of US, Australia, South Africa and many other countries. The sharks normally swim in tropical and temperate oceans. Furthermore, they are known to swim long distances. It is likely that they migrate for food and during the breeding season. In fact, a 2005 study concluded that one great white shark swam an extreme distance. This was a whopping 6,900 miles (11,100 km)! This distance was covered from South Africa to Australia. Then, the shark decided to head back. The treasures of wildlife never cease to amaze us!

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