“Shark”… Few words have as much attention grabbing power. Add “Great White” to that and you will command a room. Many wait an entire lifetime to see a Great White Shark, but few want to meet one, thanks to Hollywood’s unrealistic and deceitful portrayal of the Great White, in its pursuit of fame and fortune, no image induces as much fear or signifies “death” in the water, as much as a dorsal fin!
How much do you really know about The Great White Shark? Truthfully, how much does anyone really know about this fascinating creature?
Well, I have decided to give you a couple pointers, so that you are able to speak with the best of them, and offer up some relevant and interesting titbits of Great White Shark trivia. Let’s get started…
Did you know…
- The Great White Sharks’ teeth are more sensitive than its skin? They use their teeth to gather information when attempting a test bite
- The jaw of a Great White can open to 8 feet wide
- Great Whites will chow down on the tail fin of a deceased whale first, it’s the sharks preferred part of the whale
- The largest Great White ever captured was off the coast of Cuba and was 21 feet in length and weighed in at 7 328 pounds, this was in 1945 – since then Great White Sharks have been placed on the endangered list in most countries
- The dorsal fin of a Great White Shark helps to stabilize it, keeping it upright and not rolling over
- Great White Sharks (as with other sharks) when threatened or killed, will release a pheromone in to the water that will warn all the Great Whites within the vicinity to vacate – the surviving sharks have been known to swim as much as 100 miles away from the area and only return between 2 and sometimes 10 weeks later
- The female of the Great White Shark is referred to as a “female” while the males are called “bulls” and the juveniles; “pups”
- Great White Shark fossils date back to as much as 11 million years
- Great Whites have an “anti-tumour” gene, that scientists are hoping may lead to cancer fighting medicines in humans
- A Great Whites tongue has no taste buds or smell receptors of any kind, and are only used to feel the texture of their prey
- Great White Shark teeth were used by the ancient native Americans as arrow heads due to their triangular shape and saw-like composition
- Great Whites primary food course is tuna, yellowtail, smaller sharks, seals and sea lions
- Great White Sharks have different personalities, this is very obvious when out there doing a cage dive as some of the sharks play, while others are shy
- A Great White Sharks iris is actually blue and not black as is believed
- Great Whites roll their eyes back into their heads as they are about to attack, this is a protective measure to protect their eyes from damage
- Great White Sharks grow between 25 and 30 centimetres per year
So go on now, go and amaze your friends with your knowledge of the Great White Shark!
Till we meet again, keep that toothy grin!
By Nadine Bentley