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Essay On Great White Sharks

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With a body like a torpedo and a mouth like a black hole, it’s nearly impossible to not think about this miraculous predator as you float on the surface of the great blue sea. Even though the great white is virtually the perfect predator, an attack on a human is unlikely and for the attack to be fatal is even more unlikely. Being at the top of the food chain the shark has few threats. Orcas and larger sharks are their only fear. Ironically, human interaction poses the biggest threat to the sharks. They are caught and their fins and jaws are sold. Great whites can grow between 15 and 20 feet in length and weigh up to 5,000 lbs. making them the largest predatory fish in the world. Males reach maturity around 10 years old while females mature later between 14 and 16 years of age. Females also grow to become much larger than males. Not much is known about a great white shark’s mating rituals because it has never been witnessed but it is known the eggs hatch in the female’s womb and the pups feed on the unfertilized eggs. Females give birth to between ten and twelve pups a litter. They are commonly found along the coasts of Australia, South Africa, California and the northeastern United States. The sharks like to stay in warmer waters because it’s where their prey is found. Although the like to hover near the surface they have…show more content…
This is because they do not survive, they need open water, they get depressed in captivity and they are super expensive to keep. The record for a great white kept the longest in captivity is 44 days in a million-gallon tank housed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Before that the record was held at SeaWorld with 10 days. Luckily if you want to get up close and personal with these beasts there are other ways to do so such as boat tours and getting in an underwater cage where you are almost touching them. So, it’s not completely impossible to admire these perfect
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