Great White Shark
Carcharodon carcharias

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name Great white, white pointer, white shark, white death
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Lamniformes
Family Lamnidae
Genus Carcharodon

(A. Smith, 1838)

Species • C. carcharias
Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)

The Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is a vulnerable shark known as a "killing machine" or "top predator," this is true for many fish and sea creatures, but this shark, or any shark, is not out to get us.

The name "White Shark" is because of its white underside. The White Shark has one of the largest ranges of any sea creature, they are found in cold and warm waters.

They feed on seals and other large fish, meaning they are found along beaches where these are commonly found.

Great white sharks can grow up to 16 feet and weight around 1,500-2,400 pounds. Some have been known to weigh around 4,000 pounds but that is not the norm.

More people have been attacked by great white sharks than any other shark species. Locations where they are living have been identified and people are encouraged to stay away from them. Even so, swimmers, surfers, and divers have had numerous encounters with them.



Nature's Perfect Predator - Great White Shark

Nature's Perfect Predator - Great White Shark

Marine Marine HabitatsAquariumsGlobal OceansOcean Weather
Vertebrate FishesMammalsReptilesAmphibiansCartilaginous FishesSharks
Invertebrate ArthropodMolluscaEchinodermsCnidaria
Conservation Status Critically EndangeredEndangeredNear ThreatenedVulnerableLeast ConcernData DeficientNot Evaluated