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Great White Shark
 
Latin Name: Carcharodon carcharias
Staus: very uncommon, on the protected species list in California, the population has been decining, but is beging to recover.
Size: 12-16 feet long, females are larger than males, which is common for sharks of most species
Lives: in Pelagic waters, more common along costs
Diet: Great Whites are scavengers, but they do eat fish, rays, whales, otters, seals, elephant seals, sea lions, sea turtles, and even other sharks! They also eat dead animals that pass by.
Responce to humans: Great whites don't attack humans very often, they get a bad reputation from movies like Jaws. In fact, in the past 100 years, more people bave beed killed by dog bites than by Great Whites.
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Thresher Shark
Thresher Shark
 
Latin name: Alopias vulpinus
Status: not endangered
Size: Thresher sharks can reach over 20 feet, and over 1,000 lbs!
Lives:Thresher sharks live in tropical an temperate pelagic environments, and they stay towards the surface.
Diet: Mostly schooling fish
Responce to humans: The thresher shark is harmless to humans, although it can be provoked. Only 2 attacks on boats have been reported.
 
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Whale Shark
 
Latin Name:Rhincodon typus
Status: threatened/endangered
Size: Whale Sharks can grow as large as 46 feet, and weigh up to 15 tons
Lives: Whale Sharks live in peligic zones close to the surface, and can be found in any warm water, except in the Mediterranean Sea.
Diet: The whale sharks eats plankton, krill, small fish, and squid by filter feeding.
Responce to humans: Whale sharks are harmless to humans, and are unconcerned with divers.
 

 
 
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By Meag and Katrina

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