White shark is the scare of the seas?

White shark

The great white shark is the scare of the seas?

The great white shark

IUCN red list classification as vulnerable

Scientific Name: Carcharodon carcharias
English name: Great white shark
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Lamniformes
Family: Lamnidae
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 loves to stay on the surface to 200 mt depths, in the epipelagic zone, furthermore in some cases can go deep up 1200 mt.
He prefers 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 lengths 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 about 7 mt max and legends tell about 12 mt or more. According to 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:

White shark is everywhere in the seas, the only regions where they are not present are the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Another place is the Baltic sea and the black sea. He prefers areas where there is an abundance of preys like seals or penguins.

Great white sharkLifestyle:

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 on rare occasions, the killer whale can kill him.

In the mouth, he has many rows of teeth, the shape and the disposed of it is for to block, kill and especially in case of big preys to tear the meat and eat in the second moment.
Is famous as 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 white shark is a killer, a sea monster.


Is the great white shark really dangerous for humans? statistics show no. Compared with other issues like lightning, people killed by dogs or maybe a heart attack. To use these statistics maybe is not correct, and yes is true, if we compare like a simple number you can think is no 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 a shark is only if I go swimming 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 appears 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 the 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.

Major risk:

So as usual, 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 higher because the lifestyle is growing.

The white shark is caught even for teeth and also for sports 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 species.