The first word that comes to mind when I think of a great white shark is ... majestic.
Like lions are kings of the jungle, sharks are kings of the ocean.
That's not to say they don't frighten me. When I was younger, my parents would take me and my three brothers to the lake. Now, I'd watched the movie Jaws and knew there was no way a great white could be in the lake water, but I was still scared.
When I'd finally go in, my brothers would hum the Jaws theme song. You know. *dun-unh ... dun-unh* They'd also swim under water and grab my feet. I'd scream at the top of my lungs and not go in for days. Rotten brothers!
When a great white shark is born, along with up to a dozen siblings, it immediately swims away from its mother. Baby GWS's are on their own right from the start, and their mother may see them only as prey.
According to scientists, after a big meal, a great white shark can last a month or two before feeding again. My thought? Do they really wait that long? On documentaries I've watched, it seems like they eat a lot in more than one sitting. Maybe a big meal to them is a bunch in a short span.
Highly adapted predators, the GWS's mouths are lined with up to 300 serrated, triangular teeth arranged in several rows, and they have an exceptional sense of smell to detect prey.
Doesn't this shark below look like he's smiling? Creepy.
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