great white shark


Definition of great white shark

: a large mackerel shark (Carcharodon carcharias) of warm seas that is bluish when young but becomes whitish with age and has been known to attack humans

called also white shark

— see shark illustration

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Their teeth and jaw are quite a nasty duo, with a great white shark has the bite power of nearly 17,790 newtons (about 4,000 pounds per square inch). Erin Davis And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "Shark Awareness Day facts to make you rethink 'Jaws'," 14 July 2019 Researchers recorded a fourfold to sevenfold reduction in the number of elephant seals killed by great white sharks during years in which they were scared away. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Orcas May Turn Great White Sharks into Scaredy Cats," 8 July 2019 Marconi Beach in Wellfleet was closed to swimmers for a short time Tuesday afternoon after a great white shark was spotted offshore, officials said. Alyssa Lukpat,, "Cape Cod’s Marconi Beach reopens after shark spotted off coast," 2 July 2019 Jaws Steven Spielberg’s 1975 blockbuster about three men in a boat in pursuit of a great white shark; with Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss. Matt Cooper,, "SoCal movie events & revivals, June 30-July 7: ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and more," 30 June 2019 An 8-foot, 9-inch great white shark dubbed Brunswick was detected off the coast this month. Brittany Brown,, "Watch this whale pop up in Ocean City waters," 21 June 2019 The group, searching for mako sharks, a endangered shark people like to catch and release for sport, found a giant great white shark instead, according to NBC Philadelphia. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Watch this great white shark circle the boat of New Jersey fishermen," 19 June 2019 Officials with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office in Santa Rosa, Calif., were forced to delay a water training in Bodega Bay due to the presence of a massive, toothy creature: a great white shark. Fox News, "Great white shark off California coast delays sheriff’s office's water training," 13 June 2019 Concerns about public safety and sharks resurfaced last September when Arthur Medici, 26, was killed by a great white shark while boogie boarding in Cape Cod. Kaitlyn Budion,, "Shark talk attracted crowd, but media shut out," 13 June 2019

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Medical Definition of great white shark

: a large shark (Carcharodon carcharias of the family Lamnidae) that is bluish when young but becomes whitish with age and has been known to attack humans

called also white shark

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