The very word “shark” is enough to cause people to feel apprehensive about getting into the water. These sleek, efficient predators have also been the subject of Hollywood blockbuster movies. One such movie, Jaws, told of how a giant shark terrorised the inhabitants of a coastal town in America. The inspiration behind the movie was one of the deadliest animals in the ocean, the great white shark. While the story may have been fiction, the great white shark is very real indeed.
The great white shark can be found throughout the world’s oceans. They are most commonly found around California, South Africa and Australia. They are one of the largest shark species on earth and possess speed and power. As we learn more about these incredible animals, we find that they are more intelligent and inquisitive than we imagined.
Regardless of their fearsome reputation, the great white shark is a fascinating animal.
Great White Shark Fact #10: Largest Predatory Fish
The great white shark is the largest known predatory fish on the planet. Adults generally reach around 17 feet long and weigh around 5,000 pounds. One specimen that was an incredible 23 feet long was filmed by divers in a cage. (That’s around 2 feet shorter than the shark in the famous Jaws movies.) The longest recorded length of a great white shark was an estimated 26 feet, although the accuracy of the estimate is not confirmed. Males tend to be considerably smaller than females, although they still measure in at an impressive 13 feet long.
Despite these gigantic lengths, great whites are not the largest sharks of all. That title goes to the whale shark, which measures more than 40 feet long. These sharks are quite harmless to us, however, and are filter feeders that feed on some of the ocean’s smallest inhabitants.