A 2013 study, detailed by Discovery, explains that great whites have a faster metabolism than previously thought and probably feed every few days. The study indicated that the amount of energy required by a great white was equivalent to eating a seal pup every three days.
The same 2013 study asserts that great whites consume approximately 66 pounds of mammal blubber every 12 to 15 days. These apex predators mainly prey on other aquatic carnivores, such as seals and sea lions, but occasionally eat other fish or sea turtles. Over the course of a year, a great white can consume up to 11 tons of food.Learn More
Great white sharks reproduce via internal fertilization, and fertilized eggs are retained in the body until a short while after hatching in a 12-month gestation, after which the young are born live. Prior to birth, the young may eat unfertilized eggs and smaller unborn sharks in the womb. Newborn great white sharks receive no parental care, and swim away immediately after birth.Full Answer >
Great white sharks have a life span of at least 60 years. At the very beginning, two to 12 baby sharks, or pups, grow inside their mother for a full year before she gives birth.Full Answer >
Great white sharks are found in cool and temperate waters around major oceans throughout the world. These partially warm-blooded predators are rarely spotted in tropical waters because they may overheat.Full Answer >
On average, great white sharks grow to be 15 feet long. Females typically reach a length of about 16 feet, while males reach a length of 11 to 13 feet.Full Answer >