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Carcharodon carcharias

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heavy body
lower body white

teeth triangular, serrated, uppers wide


Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus, 1758)

White shark,     Great white shark

Fusiform,  robust body; snout conical, blunt, with nostrils on sides; mouth large, round;  teeth on top jaw triangular, serrated; 5 large gill slits, all before pectoral fin; first dorsal fin large, triangular, origin over rear of base of pectoral fin; second dorsal fin very small; anal fin very small, origin under rear of base of second dorsal fin;  tail almost symmetrical, half-moon shaped; tail base very depressed, with large keel that extends onto tail itself.

Back grey-brown, blue-grey, to blackish; abrupt changing to white/pale grey belly; eye black; underside of tips of fins black, usually a black spot where rear edge of fin joins body.

Size: reaches ~ 600 cm.

Habitat: coastal, inshore to oceanic.

Depth: 0 to 1280 m.

Circumglobal, temperate; in our area: Baja and the Gulf of California; Panama to Chile and the Galapagos and Revillagigedos.

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