the great white!

don't let me race you...

im also known as Carcharodon carcharias.

My body.

I am 11-13 ft long fully grown. i weigh up to 2400 lbs.

Oh and i can swim up to 25 mph so best be fast!

my adaptations -size

Among the very largest of sharks, the Great White regularly reaches a length of 20 feet and a weight of more than two tons. There is reasonably good evidence that this species can reach lengths of 23 or even 26 feet, but such individuals are notoriously difficult to confirm - let alone weigh.

my adaptions -color

As with other animals, the Great White's color is highly variable. In general, the species is dark above and white below, a patterns called "counter shading". Counter shading makes the Great White difficult to see because it reduces the contrast between its belly in the shadow of the shark's bulk and its back illuminated by sunlight. Back and flank color in the Great White ranges from bronze and grayish brown to various shades of grey. Pacific Coast specimens tend to be very dark - almost black - above. This darkness helps camouflage the Great White against the dark, rocky bottom over which it typically swims.

my adaptations -skin

Like other sharks, the skin of a Great White is very tough and studded with tiny, tooth-like scales called "dermal denticles". Dermal denticles protect the skin from damage and are replaced continually. Each individual denticle has a flat, table-like crown that has a series of raised ridges. These ridges reduce the drag and noise generated by a shark's swimming movements, enabling the Great White to glide efficiently in ghost-like silence.

my adaptations -jaws

As in other sharks, the upper jaw of a Great White is not fused to the skull. Instead, the jaws are slung loosely beneath the skull, held in place by flexible connective tissue and braced by accessory cartilages. Special muscles pull the jaw complex forward and down, riding on grooves on the undersurface of the skull. This arrangement allows a Great White to protrude its jaws outward from the head, extending the reach of its teeth and creating a partial vacuum that helps suck in prey.