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The Great White Shark

Carcharodon carcharias

This model of a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), with a length of 4.5 metres, provides an opportunity of getting to know the ultimate marine predator. It is found in all oceans, in coastal areas, but also in the Mediterranean, and even in the seas around Greece. Undoubtedly it is the largest known predatory fish, and it feeds on a variety of other marine vertebrates, from fish to mammals and seabirds. When attacking its prey, it can reach speeds of up to 56 kilometers per hour. Of all shark species, the great white is responsible for the largest number of shark attacks on humans. Recent studies show that it can live for up to 70 years. It has no predators, except the orca (Orcinus orca) in some rare cases.