Q:

What size was the largest great white shark ever caught?

A:

Quick Answer

There are numerous discrepancies over the size of the largest great white ever caught, but the Canadian Shark Research Center claims that the largest, accurately measured great white shark was caught in 1988 off Prince Edward Island and was a length of 20 feet. Other recorded shark captures seem to be exaggerated or miscalculated, according to scientists who study marine life.

  Know More

Full Answer

For years, a shark caught off the coast of Malta was believed to be the biggest great white at 23 feet, but recent research suggests that the length was exaggerated. One reason it's difficult to accurately measure a great white shark is that over time the shark begins to dehydrate and shrink as water leaves the body. What may seem like 7,000 pounds and 23 feet may actually be closer to 4,000 pounds and 16 feet.

Learn more about Sharks
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Why is the great white shark endangered?

    A:

    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.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Is the great white shark a fish or mammal?

    A:

    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.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the habitat of a great white shark?

    A:

    The great white shark's habitat is the ocean, particularly the coastal and cool water areas, reports National Geographic. The great white shark is on the endangered species list despite its prowess in the ocean, because fisherman have accidentally caught several in gill nets and overfishing has made it more difficult for the sharks to find food.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the lifespan of the great white shark?

    A:

    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.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore