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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 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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    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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    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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