The great white shark is the scare of the seas?
The great white shark
Scientific Name: Carcharodon carcharias
English name: Great white shark
Link to Red List page: The great white shark in the red list
His habitat is the seas and oceans, he can live in open ocean like along the coasts. He love to stay between the surface to 200 mt depths, in the epipelagic zone, furthermore in some cases can go deep up 1200 mt.
He prefer water temperature between 12 to 24 Celsius degrees.
the great white shark dimensions, maybe are most noteworthy discussion theme. Everyone accept the average for males of around six mt length and 5 mt. for females. The issue is to determine the max length. The difference from scientific measurements to the fisherman legends is huge. Also scientists say is acceptable to talk abut 7 mt max and legends tell about 12 mt or more. According with the scientists theory is very difficult the shark have that dimensions. We need to considerate even the brutal fishing at the sharks and consequently the endangered risk. Is actually in the red list of IUCN like Vulnerable. So the scientists say is almost impossible to meet sharks oversize.
Where to find:
Everywhere in the seas, the only regions where they are not present are the Arctic and Antarctic regions . Other place is the Baltic sea and the black sea. He prefer areas where there is abundance of preys like seals or penguins.
Never a fish was studied, filmed and feared like the great white shark. Spectacular animal and extremely wild, no one predator in the sea can compete with him. Just in rare occasions the killer whale can kill him.
In the mouth he have many rows of teeth, the shape and the disposed is for to block, kill and especially in case of big preys to tear the meat and eat in second moment.
Is famous like a Hollywood star, and he is a star, Steven Spielberg in the 1975 direct Jaws. Consequently the success of the thriller the folks start to think the great whit shark is a killer, a sea monster.
Is the great white really danger for human? statistics shows no. Compared with other issues like lightning, people killed by dogs or maybe heart attack. To use this statistics maybe is not correct, and yes is true, if we compare like a simple numbers you can think is not danger. But you can say the same if I introduce the exposition time in the comparison? I want to say, with the heart attack risk I’m exposed in all my life but the risk to be attacked by shark is only if I go to swim in his environment. I think is better to make some considerations, is better to ask why the shark, attack the human? and there is not a simple answer.
In the case of surfers is common think is because from below the surface the surfer appear at the shark like a prey, like a seal for example. In many other cases is not possible to think that. And the real cause of attack is not clear.
So we think the great white is danger and is better to take care if you need to interact with him.
So as usually the major risk is by the human, The Chinese consider the shark fin soup, a precious food. So the request of the shark fins is high, and will be more high because the lifestyle is growing.
Is catched even for teeth and also for sport fishing. Another problem is the fishing nets like for tuna fish where the sharks can be jailed. In IUCN is listed as Vulnerable, but there is controversial about the correct estimate. One issue is that it was considered nonmigratory but after recent studies it was discovered is migratory. So is probably the estimate have counted even more then one time the same specimen. Finally it is urgent to understand the real situation of the specie.