Great White Shark

The Shark Tank

Today we’re looking at the head honcho of the ocean. Here’s my profile of the Great White Shark.


Scientific Classification:

Order: Lamniformes

Family: Lamnidae

Genus: Carcharodon

Species: carcharias

Scientific Name: Carcharodon carcharias


An interesting fact about Great Whites is that the females are often bigger than the males. Most range from about 4 to 5 metres. They can weigh over 3000kg and grow up to 6 metres long.


Great White sharks typically eat fish, other sharks, sea lions, seals, sea-birds, small whales, turtles, porpoises and carrion. The occasional human perhaps? I joke obviously! When a great white goes for a human it is typically because it has mistaken it for something else. This is why there are so many cases of people being bitten and then the shark swimming away.

Life expectancy:

Hard to say exactly because they remain to be mysterious creatures. Through various studies we can say they could live up to 30 to 40 years however given their size they could be living longer.


The Great White Shark is ovoviviparous, meaning the eggs develop and hatch in the females uterus. When born the offspring are about 1.5m long and perfectly capable predators. A female Great White Shark will give typically give birth to 8 or 9 pups.

Conservation Status:

It is currently under the IUCN red list classed as vulnerable.

Hope you’ve enjoyed todays profile and dip into the Shark Tank. Who knows maybe one day there will be some more profiles of other animals!

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