Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The Characteristics of the Great White Shark

The Great White Shark, scientifically known as Carcharodon Carcharias, is an intriguing animal. Let's find out a few detail about this Lord of the Sea.

  • The size of this large fish varies between 16 and 36 feet long although the longest ever recorded one was 21 feet long. The smallest one ever recorded was 47 inches long as it was a newborn Great White shark.

  • The weight of the Great White shark can be up to 4000 pounds.

  • The appearance of the Great White shark is recognisable by its white belly, a grey back, a torpedo shape, a pointed snout, two dorsal fins, a crescent shape tail and five gill slits.

  • The teeth are as sharp as razor blade. The mouth of a Great White shark has 3000 teeths displayed in several rows. The first two rows are used to grab and cut its prey. The teeth have a triangular shape with rough edges. Each one is replaced by a tooth from the back row when a tooth is broken, worn out or fall out.


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