The Great White Shark-powerful and Aggressive- ages 3+ With online Quiz
The Great White Shark is the largest known, predatory fish, which means it hunts for its food. It is powerful and aggressive.
The Great White Shark is at the top of the ocean’s food chain. Orca whales, or other Great White Sharks themselves are the only predator of a Great White Shark. Great White Sharks count on the element of surprise when they hunt! Scary! When they see a seal on top of the water, they position themselves underneath the prey. Using their tails as propellers, they swim upward at a fast sprint, burst out of the water in a leap, called a breach, and fall back into the water with the seal in its mouth. Wow!
At birth, a baby Great White Shark is about five feet long. When a Great White Shark is born, along with up to 12 Siblings, it immediately swims away from it’s mother. It lives on its own immediately. A mother may see her new born sharks as prey! (now that, is scary)
Great White Sharks like many other Sharks have rows of serrated teeth behind the main ones. The first two rows are used for grabbing and cutting, while the other teeth in the last rows replace the front teeth when they are broken, worn down, or they fall out. The teeth have the shape of a triangle with jags on the edges.
Great White Sharks live and hunt on the coast of every continent in the world except Antarctica. They prefer to live in cooler waters, with temps ranging from 54-75 degrees.
Great White Sharks are decreasing in numbers and are rare due to years of being hunted by man for fins and teeth. They are also seen as a trophy in sport fishing. Great White Sharks are often caught in nets or entangled in mesh that protects the beach.
Great White Sharks have a strong sense of smell, they can detect a colony of seals two miles away. Check this out, if there was only 1 drop of blood in 100 litres of water, a Great White Shark could smell it. (now that’s a great nose!)
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