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Other names: 

white pointer, white death, man-eater

Scientific name: 

Carcharodon carcharias



Occurs worldwide, most commonly in cool temperate seas. The white shark is best known in parts of the central and western Pacific, especially off Australia and New Zealand. It is also known to enter the Mediterranean Sea.
It also frequents Australian and South African beaches and is suspected of entering saltwater creeks.

It resembles the mako and the porbeagle. The snout is cortical and ends in a point, whence the name "white pointer." It can be very easily distinguished from all other sharks by its teeth, which are large and triangular like stone arrowheads, with sharp, serrated cutting edges.

The great "white" shark is actually a grayish brown color above, fading to an off-white on the belly. The pectoral fins are black-tipped, and there is a black oval spot on the body just above them. Its diet includes fish, squid and other sharks as well as sea turtles, seals, sea lions, and sea gulls.

Fishing methods include bait fishing with large fish chunks while chumming. Also trolling. Baits include tuna, snapper, mullet and other fishes, especially those that are oily. Despite its infamy, the peat white shark is a relatively uncommon species. It reaches sexual maturity at a length of 11-14 ft (3-4 m). Like the other makerel sharks (mako and porbeagle), it is warm-blooded.

It is probably the most dangerous of all sharks as far as size, strength, ability and disposition to attack are concerned. The flesh is edible, though rarely eaten.

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