Great White Shark: Cheat Sheet

Stuff you need to know:
  • While the great white shark does outrank all other sharks in the number of shark attacks, humans are generally too muscular and lean for a typical shark meal. They tend to prefer fatty prey -- for instance, a seal might be 50 percent fat, representing a very efficient meal for great whites.
  • Great white sharks rely primarily on their sense of vision, though they are also equipped with strong senses of hearing and smelling.
  • Its jaws, filled with about 3,000 triangular teeth, are its most notable feature. The great white shark's scientific name is Carcharodon carcharias, which means "ragged tooth" in Latin.
  • Unlike many other fish and sharks, the great white shark is warm-blooded.
  • Great white sharks are nearly impossible to keep in captivity, so you likely won't find one at the aquarium. As a result, scientists and adventurers alike are always trying to find new ways to get a close look at these fascinating creatures.
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