The Great White Shark

By: Dylan Brockling

Great White Shark Or Carcharodon carcharias

The great white shark is the world's largest known predatory fish. It has 300 teeth, yet does not chew its food. Sharks rip their prey into mouth-sized pieces which are swallowed whole. The shark’s heavy, torpedo-shaped body allows it to cruise efficiently for long periods of time.

Why They Matter

As large and powerful predators, great white sharks play an important role at the top of the marine food chain. Despite its fame and reputation, little is actually known about the great white shark’s biology and behavior.

Some Things About Them

Great white sharks are decreasing in numbers and are rare due to years of being hunted by man for fins and teeth, and often as a trophy for sport fishing. The white shark is often caught as by catch by commercial fisheries and can also become entangled in meshes that protect beaches. The Great White Shark occupies a cosmopolitan range throughout most seas and oceans with concentrations in temperate coastal seas. It is found from the surf line and the inter tidal zone to far offshore, and from the surface down to depths over 250 m.

Why They Are Vurable

Because people hunt them for fun. To make Shark fin soup, and because the are trying to save lives

Whats being do to help

WWF supports research and monitoring of white sharks as they migrate to and from the Gulf of California. Sharks are tagged and the movements are tracked by satellite. This information on their behavior will help with a management plan for the protected area where they are found such as how to protect them from by catch and to regulate tourism. I can donate to help.