WHITE SHARK

Carcharodon carcharias

White Shark

SIZE

To about 21 ft (6.4 m).

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

DISTRIBUTION

Newfoundland, Canada, and Gulf of St. Lawrence to FL, Cuba, Bahamas, and Gulf of Mexico. Uncommon throughout its range.

HABITAT

Coastal and offshore along continental shelf and islands.

SIMILAR SPECIES

Basking shark attains larger maximum size (around 32 ft (9.8 m)); has gill slits nearly encircling head. Shortfin mako, longfin mako, and porbeagle have bladelike, smooth-edged teeth, different coloration; attain smaller maximum size. Porbeagle has secondary keels on caudal fin.

MORE INFORMATION

Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
Text descriptions taken from Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

White shark release and recapture maps

White length-weight relationship

One of the smallest and one of the largest white sharks APP staff has examined

Measuring a white shark

Other white shark photographs

Canadian Shark Research Laboratory

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