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The Great White Shark: A Formidable Creature

It is one of the most feared animals in the world. It is more feared than the king of the jungle, the lion. It’s regarded as the largest underwater predator.

Scientists had found out that the great whites don’t attack humans intentionally. They are usually curious of animals and after biting off a humans flesh, they leave the human since human’s flesh doesn’t taste like sea lion’s meat which they’re accustomed to. I don’t think this will bring any relief to many people.

It’s a majestic animal that grows up to 21 feet though there are recorded sharks that have exceeded this length. The biggest recorded shark measured 26 feet in length.

They weigh between 680-1,800kg though there are sharks that have been documented which weigh more than 2,270kg.

When you come across such a creature, you would want it to mind its own business. You wouldn’t want to play with it like a toy.

But, it isn’t the bad Tom you’ve been accustomed to. In fact, there is a documented video of a researcher who wants people not to fear this magnificent-fearsome animal. She swam with the animal without the animal turning against her.

When you consider its size and weight, its face and its sharp_razor teeth; it’s understandable why many people have a fear of this animal. There are conflicting reports as to how many teeth a great white has – 300 or 3,000? What about the jaws – 5 or 7?. Their teeth are arranged in top and lower jaws which are movable (not fixed). When it attacks its prey, it starts by biting the animal with its lower jaw before using the top jaw to hold a firm grip of the prey. It loses and regrows hundreds of teeth which can amount to 20,000 teeth (by some reports).

Since their jaws aren’t fixed, it makes perfect sense why it’s easy for them to lose their teeth. This is attributed to their preys which are huge such as a sea lion – it isn’t an easy task. They shake their head back and forth with their prey under their teeth’s grip. They usually swallow their prey alive.

They don’t have a protective eye membrane (eyelids). This is the reason why they rotate their eyes to the back to avoid an injury to their eyes.

They usually swim at speeds of up to 24km/hr. However for short busts, they can swim up to 56 or 60km/hr. They can jump up to 10 feet above the water surface to catch and kill their prey.

It has been nicknamed a killer machine. The fear of sharks is known as Galeophobia.

The Great White has no known natural predator. It’s greatest enemy is man. They are an endangered species due to man hunting them as parts of their bodies are useful for manufacture of various items.

This quiz tests how much you know about the great whites. They are a sight to behold. What do you think?

NB:  I have written a detailed article about the great whites at Hubpages titled The Great White Shark – The World’s Largest Underwater Predator.

  • The bite of a great white is ten times that of a lion

    • Yes
    • No
  • Sharks have six senses

    • Yes
    • No
  • Great whites can go for three months without eating a meal

    • Yes
    • No
  • Great whites are cannibals – they can eat another great white

    • Yes
    • No
  • They are solitary animals – they live most of their lives alone

    • Yes
    • No
  • At a short range, they can detect the heartbeat of a stationary prey (animal)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Even the pups (young ones of a female great white) practice cannibalism while in the womb of their mothers

    • Yes
    • No
  • White female sharks lay eggs in their wombs which hatch producing the pups before birthing them into the world

    • Yes
    • No
  • The gestation period of a female great white is

    • 9 months
    • 11 months
    • 13 months
  • The mother can eat it’s young one once it gives birth to it

    • Yes
    • No
  • The life expectancy of a great white is

    • 40 years
    • 70 years
    • 25 years
  • They can smell a little drop of blood at a distance of 5km

    • Yes
    • No
  • The shark’s nostrils are used for breathing and smelling

    • Yes
    • No
  • They can sense the tiny electromagnetic fields generated by animals

    • Yes
    • No
  • The young ones can swallow their teeth while in their mother’s womb

    • Yes
    • No
  • The great white are warm-blooded

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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