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THE GREAT WHITE SHARK The Great White Shark also known as Carcharodon carcharias is one of the best known species of shark Great White Sharks are ferocious predators that has been roaming the oceans of this world for at least 400 million years and have earned the nickname Kings of the Ocean The Great White has adapted through changes in its structure organ systems environment and the animals it eats no wonder why Great White Sharks outlasted the dinosaurs and still are around today The Great White Shark is a streamlined swimmer and is very strong All sharks rays and skates share something in common which is the structure of their bodies they are all from the class Chondrichthyes which means they are all cartilaginous fish Great Whites have a torpedo-shaped body pointed snout gill slits and dorsal and pectoral fins Great Whites like other sharks have no gas filled swim bladder to keep them up like bony fish do They must be swimming constantly or they will sink Their structure proves that it is well built and they will probably be around for another 400 million years The environment Great White Sharks live in is mostly in temperate climates They are found on the coastlines of California Hawaii South America South Africa some of Australia New Zealand Japan China and southern Russia They have been known to be swimming in depths reaching up to 1280 meters Man- Eaters no Great Whites are meat-eaters They do not it people but they do prefer sea lions seals fish otters and sea turtles They also eat dead animals that they have found floating in the water Great Whites do not chew their food However their teeth rip prey into mouth-sized pieces which are swallowed whole They can have up to 3000 teeth at any one time and each tooth can be up to three inches in length A big meal
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