This might go without saying, but here at Stuffed Safari we love animals. Not just the stuffed ones either. Everyone who works here has at least one pet, and most of us have more than one. When we’re not busy selling stuffed animals, we love to learn about the real-life counterparts to the plush toys we sell. Today we explore the great white shark. This post is packed with great white shark information and facts! You can find these fearsome creatures in the coastal surface waters of all major oceans. That’s right! These carnivorous fish are prowling the waters in every corner of our planet with the exception of the extreme north and south. These marine predators have been around since the early Miocene epoch. Shark ancestors are older than dinosaurs and have hunted in earth’s waters for roughly 450 million years!
Great white sharks are known for their size. Males, on average, measure between 11 and 13 feet in length while the females can reach 14 or even 16 feet in length. Unconfirmed, but recorded incidents of freakishly large great white sharks have been listed over the years. There are many claims of great white specimens reaching between 19 and 37 feet long. While unconfirmed, just imagine that for a moment. That’s a shark that is only slightly shorter than a school bus!
Great white sharks might not say much but they sure do have some big mouths. Here’s a fun tidbit of great white shark information: a complete set of teeth numbers 222. They aren’t like our teeth, however. Several inches long, serrated, and arranged in a series of rows, these natural weapons are meant for the sole purpose of sawing through large hunks of flesh. Yikes!
Another distinctive feature of great white sharks is their counter shading. While their dorsal area most often appears gray, its underside is stark white, hence the name. This coloring acts as natural camouflage for the great white shark as it makes it difficult for their prey to spot the shark because it mottles the shark’s outline when seen from the side. As if these apex predators of the sea weren’t scary enough already! Perhaps it’s not the best time to mention they can accelerate to as fast as 25 MPH in the water for short bursts.
Great white sharks predominantly feed upon marine mammals for food. When it comes to the food chain in the oceans, great white sharks are at the very top. Their only natural predators being killer whales, and mostly in the way of competition. Studies show that these predators have varying tastes from shark to shark. They have been known to hunt according to their preferences. One of the things that makes them such effective hunters is their extra sense granted to them by special sensing organs known as electroreceptors. These allow them to detect the electromagnetic field emitted by the movement of marine animals. Great whites are so keen with this sense that they can even sense the heartbeat of immobile animals.
The sense of smell of a great white shark is so sensitive it can smell blood in the water from a mile away. Since smells travel faster through the air than water, great whites have been known to regularly lift their heads above the sea surface to get a better look, or sniff in this case, at their prey.
Here’s another piece of great white shark information you might find interesting: they live for as long as 70 years or more. These long-lived creatures take between 26 and 33 to reach maturity to produce offspring.
At Stuffed Safari, we are proud to carry a wide variety of Stuffed Great White Sharks and Plush Great White Sharks. From small Mini Flopsies to jumbo 40 inch stuffed sharks, I think our variety and selection speaks volumes of our love for these amazing animals. Take a look at what we have to offer and bring home a great white shark plush companion of your very own.
I hope you enjoyed this step into The Wild Side with great white shark information. You can read about the other shark species featured in our 2017 Shark Safari here. Subscribe to our blog to explore more animals in the future. Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comment section below. And, as always, thank you for reading.