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Great White Sharks
by Erin Ryan The great white shark is one of the most recognizable sharks in the world. The only shark larger than a great white is the whale shark. Great white sharks have been found in each of the world's oceans. Even though they have been s otted in waters as shallow as three feet !one meter" dee # these sharks s end most of their time in dee coastal waters. The great white shark is related to the rehistoric

$egalodon shark# which grew to over si%ty&five feet !'( meters". The largest great white sharks found have been over twenty feet !si% meters" long. )ike the $egalodon# great whites have to huge triangle sha ed teeth that are serrated# like knives. The teeth of great white sharks are u three inches !seven centimeters" long and as they break off or wear out# new teeth grow in to re lace them. *ne of the most noticeable features of the great white is the dorsal fin which rises out of the water when a great white swims near the surface of the ocean. The fins on either side of the shark are called ectoral fins and they hel to direct the shark closer to the surface or dee er into sea. The shark+s tail is owered by very strong muscles. ,t swee s the tail side to side and can reach s eeds of u to fifteen miles er hour !twenty&four
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