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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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Great white sharks are large lamniformes that are found on the coastal waters of all of the major oceans. They are one of the largest shark species in the ocean and can grow up to 21 feet in length and weigh over 7,000 pounds. The great white shark is known as an apex predator, meaning it preys on a variety of marine mammals, fish and seabirds. Its only natural predator is the Orca whale.

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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 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 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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