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How fast can a great white shark swim?

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Because of its highly streamlined shape and powerful swimming muscles, a great white shark can swim up to 35 miles per hour in short bursts. In addition to its ability to swim in short bursts, a great white can also move at a steady cruising speed. Scientists recorded one great white that swam a total of 12,400 miles in nine months, an average of 45 miles each day.

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How fast can a great white shark swim?
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This incredible speed is fairly unique among sharks. In fact, the great white shark's top speeds are quite close to those of the mako shark, which, with bursts in excess of 31 miles per hour, is the fastest known shark species.

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    Is the great white shark a fish or mammal?

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    The great white shark is a fish. Great white shakes are the biggest fish of prey in the world. These large fish are carnivorous, and some of their preferred food sources of food include sea turtles, sea lions and seals.

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    Why is the great white shark endangered?

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    How big was the biggest great white shark ever?

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    The Canadian Shark Research Center reports that the largest accurately measured great white shark on record was a 20.3-foot-long female caught off Prince Edward Island in 1983. A great white shark said to have measured 21 feet was caught off Cuba in 1945, but this measurement has been disputed.

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    What is the habitat of a great white shark?

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    The great white shark's habitat is the ocean, particularly the coastal and cool water areas, reports National Geographic. The great white shark is on the endangered species list despite its prowess in the ocean, because fisherman have accidentally caught several in gill nets and overfishing has made it more difficult for the sharks to find food.

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