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Great White Shark Behavior


Great White Shark Anatomy

The white sharks inhabit coastal and offshore waters of the continental shelf. They may be found in temperate waters worldwide, and also in tropical and sub-tropical waters. White sharks are solitary animals, but occasionally they have been spotted travelling in pairs.

Great White Shark Distribution

Like all sharks, white sharks have a sensory organ called the "ampullae of Lorenzini" which they use to "feel" the electrical field coming from its prey. Also, the great white's nostrils can smell one drop of blood in 25 gallons (100 liters) of water.

White sharks eat fish such as salmon, hake, halibut, mackerel and tunas, and also marine mammals such as harbor porpoises and harbor seals. The great white shark continually looses its teeth and replaces them with new ones.

Photo of tooth taken from Sharks, History and Biology of the Lords of the Sea. A. Mojetta. 1997. Swan Hill Press.