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What is the largest great white shark ever caught?

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As of 2014,  the largest great white shark ever caught weighed 2,664 lbs. This shark was pulled from South Australian waters in 1959 by fisherman Alf Dean.

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Since then, fishermen have brought in larger great white sharks. However, the International Game Fish Association, which confirmed the largest catch by Alf Dean, has disallowed them from formal recognition for various rule violations. In 1988, according to the Canadian Shark Research Center, the largest was a female great white shark captured at Prince Edward Island, measuring 20 feet in length. Although the weight is not known, these 20-footers can weigh as much as 4,200 lbs.

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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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    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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