- "I caught a shark! GAH! Why am I holding it?!"
Museum[edit | edit source]
An information board in the aquarium will provide information about this fish.
"The triangular teeth of sharks appear to have evolved from scales sometime in the past. When a tooth breaks, it quickly falls out and a new one grows in, keeping them always in good shape for prey. Sharks can be fearsome creatures, able to smell blood from several miles away. They can even jump out of the water to catch prey, making them powerful predators. Contrary to their tough image, their bones are made out of cartilage and erroneously used as health food."
In real life[edit | edit source]
The Great White Shark is found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans. It is known for its size, with the largest individuals known to have approached or exceeded 6 meters (20 ft) in length, and 2,268 kilograms (5,000 lb) in weight. They reach maturity at around 15 years of age and can have a life span of over 30 years.
These sharks are carnivorous and prey upon fish, cetaceans, pinnipeds, sea turtles, sea otters, and seabirds. Upon approaching a length of nearly 4 meters (13 ft), the sharks begin to target predominately marine mammals for food. Like many other sharks, they have rows of serrated teeth behind the main ones, ready to replace any that break off. When the shark bites it shakes its head side to side, helping the teeth saw off large chunks of flesh.
Great White Sharks came into existence during the Mid-Miocene epoch. The earliest known fossils are about 16 million years old. However, the phylogeny of the great white is still in dispute.