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What is a great white shark?

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A great white shark, or Carcharodon carcharias, is a large shark that inhabits the coastal waters of all oceans. It is the largest macro-predatory fish on Earth.

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Great white sharks average approximately 3.6 meters in length, though they can reach up to 6.1 meters and weigh up to 5,000 pounds. The International Union for Conservation of Nature considers the great white shark to be a vulnerable species. Its reputation for being one of the world's greatest predators has made it a favorite target of sport fishermen. Once thought to inhabit primarily warm, temperate waters, it is now known to inhabit all waters.

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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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    What eats a great white shark?

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    The great white shark is an apex predator, and as such, healthy adults of the species have no natural predators. Only one real threat faces the great white shark: humans that accidentally catch them, illegally poach them, pollute the waters they live in or lay nets along coastlines that may entrap them.

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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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    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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