Great white shark

Majestic ocean predators, embodying power, speed, and precision in their pursuit of prey

Elias Levy

Meet one of the most powerful and fascinating predators in the ocean. They can grow up to 6 m (20 ft) long and weigh more than 2 tons (4,000 pounds). They have a streamlined body, a conical snout, and a crescent-shaped tail that helps them swim at speeds of up to 25 km/h (16 mph).

Great white sharks have several adaptations that make them efficient hunters. They have a keen sense of smell, hearing, and vision that allow them to detect their prey from far away. They also have rows of serrated teeth that can rip through flesh and bone. They can also breach the water’s surface and launch themselves into the air to catch seals and sea lions by surprise.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Atlantic Ocean
2018
Indian Ocean
2018
Pacific Ocean
2018
Black Sea
2018
Mediterranean Sea
2018
Albania
2018
Algeria
2018
American Samoa
2018
Angola
2018
Anguilla
2018
Antigua & Barbuda
2018
Possibly Extant
Argentina
2018
Aruba
2018
Possibly Extant
Ascension Island
2018
Possibly Extant
Australia
2018
Bahamas
2018
Bahrain
2018
Possibly Extant
Bangladesh
2018
Possibly Extant
Barbados
2018
Possibly Extant
Belize
2018
Possibly Extant
Benin
2018
Bermuda
2018
Bonaire
2018
Possibly Extant
Bosnia And Herz.
2018
Brazil
2018
British Indian T.
2018
Possibly Extant: Chagos Archipelago
British Virgin Is.
2018
Brunei
2018
Possibly Extant
Cambodia
2018
Possibly Extant
Cameroon
2018
Possibly Extant
Canada
2018
Cape Verde
2018
Possibly Extant
Cayman Islands
2018
Possibly Extant
Chile
2018
China
2018
Christmas Island
2018
Possibly Extant
Cocos Is. (Keeling)
2018
Possibly Extant
Colombia
2018
Possibly Extant
Comoros
2018
Possibly Extant
Congo-Brazzaville
2018
Cook Islands
2018
Costa Rica
2018
Possibly Extant
Croatia
2018
Cuba
2018
Curaçao
2018
Possibly Extant
Cyprus
2018
Côte D’ivoire
2018
Djibouti
2018
Possibly Extant
Dominica
2018
Possibly Extant
Dominican Republic
2018
Possibly Extant
East Timor
2018
Possibly Extant
Ecuador
2018
Mainland,
El Salvador
2018
Possibly Extant
Equatorial Guinea
2018
Possibly Extant
Eritrea
2018
Possibly Extant
Falkland Islands
2018
Possibly Extant: Malvinas
Fiji
2018
France
2018
Possibly Extant: Clipperton I.
French Guiana
2018
Possibly Extant
French Polynesia
2018
Gabon
2018
Possibly Extant
Gambia
2018
Ghana
2018
Gibraltar
2018
Greece
2018
Grenada
2018
Possibly Extant
Guadeloupe
2018
Possibly Extant
Guam
2018
Possibly Extant
Guatemala
2018
Possibly Extant
Guernsey
2018
Guinea-Bissau
2018
Guinea
2018
Guyana
2018
Possibly Extant
Haiti
2018
Possibly Extant
Honduras
2018
Possibly Extant
Hong Kong
2018
India
2018
Possibly Extant
Indonesia
2018
Possibly Extant
Iran
2018
Iraq
2018
Italy
2018
Jamaica
2018
Japan
2018
Jersey
2018
Kenya
2018
Kiribati
2018
Korea
2018
Lebanon
2018
Liberia
2018
Libya
2018
Macao
2018
Madagascar
2018
Malaysia
2018
Possibly Extant
Maldives
2018
Possibly Extant
Malta
2018
Marshall Islands
2018
Possibly Extant
Martinique
2018
Possibly Extant
Mauritania
2018
Mauritius
2018
Possibly Extant
Mayotte
2018
Possibly Extant
Mexico
2018
Micronesia
2018
Possibly Extant
Monaco
2018
Montenegro
2018
Montserrat
2018
Possibly Extant
Morocco
2018
Mozambique
2018
Myanmar
2018
Possibly Extant
Namibia
2018
Nauru
2018
Possibly Extant
New Caledonia
2018
New Zealand
2018
Nicaragua
2018
Possibly Extant
Nigeria
2018
Niue
2018
Possibly Extant
Norfolk Island
2018
Nort. Mariana Is.
2018
Possibly Extant
North Korea
2018
Oman
2018
Possibly Extant
Pakistan
2018
Possibly Extant
Palau
2018
Possibly Extant
Panama
2018
Papua New Guinea
2018
Possibly Extant
Peru
2018
Philippines
2018
Pitcairn
2018
Portugal
2018
Mainland
Puerto Rico
2018
Main Island
Qatar
2018
Possibly Extant
Russia
2018
Réunion
2018
Possibly Extant
Saint Barthélemy
2018
Possibly Extant
Saint Helena
2018
Possibly Extant: Main Island
Saint Lucia
2018
Possibly Extant
Saint Martin
2018
French Part
Saint Pierre
2018
Saint Vincent
2018
Samoa
2018
Saudi Arabia
2018
Senegal
2018
Seychelles
2018
Sierra Leone
2018
Singapore
2018
Possibly Extant
Sint Maarten
2018
Dutch Part
Slovenia
2018
Solomon Islands
2018
Possibly Extant
Somalia
2018
South Africa
2018
Spain
2018
Mainland
Spain
2018
Possibly Extant: Canary Is.
Sri Lanka
2018
St. Kitts & Nevis
2018
Sudan
2018
Possibly Extant
Suriname
2018
Possibly Extant
Syria
2018
São Tomé & Príncipe
2018
Possibly Extant
Tanzania
2018
Thailand
2018
Possibly Extant
Togo
2018
Tokelau
2018
Tonga
2018
Possibly Extant
Trinidad & Tobago
2018
Possibly Extant
Tunisia
2018
Turkey
2018
Turks & Caicos
2018
Possibly Extant
Tuvalu
2018
Possibly Extant
UAE
2018
Possibly Extant
US Virgin Islands
2018
US Minor Is.
2018
Possibly Extant
United States
2018
Hawaiian Is.
Uruguay
2018
Vanuatu
2018
Venezuela
2018
Possibly Extant
Vietnam
2018
Wallis & Futuna
2018
Possibly Extant
Yemen
2018
Possibly Extant

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No