6 in 60: Number 23 – Jaws!


Hello budding biologists! So the next episode of 6 in 60 in this Ocean themed month is about Great White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias)…. Dun dun dun dun dun! Here are 6 facts about them and a few videos:

  1. The great white’s light body colour helps it blend in to the coastal waters it inhabits.
  2. The average length of a great white shark is 4.5m but can grow up to 6 metres.
  3. Great whites can swim at up to speeds of 15mph although they can go faster in short boosts.
  4. Sharks have a tongue made of cartilage called a basihyal.
  5. Great white sharks cannot be kept in captivity due to the constant need to swim forwards. Most die after being kept for 3 days.
  6. Great white sharks have such a strong sense of smell that they can detect a colony of seals two miles away.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks blog. Last week was about the ocean in general next week we will be looking at the biggest living thing on earth!

The Sources

The first to fourth facts come from the live science fact file on Great whites. The last two come from the national geographic.

ThatBiologist Everywhere!




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