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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.

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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    What is the classification of a great white shark?

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    The scientific name of the great white shark is Carcharodon carcharias, of which it is the only living member in its genus. The great white belongs to the family Lamnidae, or mackerel sharks. Mackerel sharks are characterized by their heavily-built, torpedo-shaped bodies, large teeth and prominent gill openings.

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    Why is the great white shark endangered?

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    The great white shark is endangered from years of being hunted by people for its fins and teeth. Great white sharks also get overhunted as trophies in sport fishing, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Another danger is accidental catching by commercial fisheries.

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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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    What is the lifespan of the great white shark?

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    The lifespan of the great white shark is about 70 years, according to a study by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. It was previously believed that great whites lived to be only 30.

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