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Great White Shark

posted: 04/29/14
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Great White Shark
Alexius Sutandio/Veer

Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm the Great White Shark

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: Pretty much everywhere. You'll fearfully watch us swimming in coastal waters in Africa, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and the United States.

What I Like to Eat: A lot of people say humans. But in reality, we live prey including fish, sea lions, seals, sea mammals and even other sharks. We also feast on dead prey we find floating around in the water.

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: When my siblings and I are born (we are called pups), we immediately leave our mothers. There's no coddling or nurturing time between mommy and baby like in other animals. We begin our new lives in the great big ocean on our own. Our mothers and other sharks sometimes view us as food so we have to leave for our own protection.

Size: As pups, we typically measure five feet long. As we become adults, we can grow up to a whopping 20 feet long.

Table Manners: We don't chew our food. Our sharp teeth -- which measure more than 2.5 inches long -- allow us to rip chunks of meat off our prey and swallow them whole. We are stealth hunters and can snatch and grab our food with a quickness.

How We Breathe: We are fish, not mammals, so we don't need to swim above the ocean surface for air. We get our oxygen when seawater passes through our gills.

Gold-Medal Swimmers: With the ability to swim up to 35 miles per hour, we will trounce any Olympic competitor you put us up against. And don't even think of trying to out swim us on our home turf -- the ocean. Just ask the people in the Jaws movies about our rapid strokes.

Our Best Sense: We have a powerful sense of smell. We can smell a single drop of blood floating in billions of drops of water.

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