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WHITE SHARK Scientific name: Carcharodon carcharias Physical description: They have skeletons made from cartilage and

connective tissue. Cartilage is flexible and durable. The shark's jaw is not attached to the cranium. The teeth of sharks are embedded in the gums rather than directly fixed to the jaw, and are constantly replaced throughout the its life. ultiple rows of replacement teeth are grown in a groove on the inside of the jaw and moved forward in a !conveyor belt!. The rate of tooth replacement varies from once every "#$% days to several months. Most sharks are carnivorous. The vast majority seek particular prey, and rarely vary their diet. &reat white sharks are carnivorous, and primarily eat fish 'including rays, tuna, and smaller sharks(, dolphins, porpoises, whale carcasses and pinnipeds such as seals, fur seals and sea lions and sometimes sea turtles. )hen hunting, great whites tend to separate and resolve conflicts with rituals and displays. Great white sharks live in almost all coastal and offshore waters which have water temperature between $* +C ',- +.( and *- +C '/, +.(, but they have been found in waters down to $* +C '*", 0( with greater concentrations off the southern coasts of 1ustralia, 2outh 1frica, California, exico's 3sla &uadalupe and to a degree in the Central editerranean 'particularly the 1driatic 2ea( and 4ew 5ealand. I admire it because: $( 3t is able to detect as little as one part per million of blood in seawater. *( 2harks swim at an average speed of " kilometres per hour ',.% mph( but when feeding or attacking, the average shark can reach speeds upwards of $6 kilometres per hour '$* mph(. 7( Contrary to the common wisdom that sharks are instinct8driven !eating machines!, recent studies have indicated that many species possess powerful problem8solving skills, social skills and curiosity. Cultural depiction: 3n 9ceania and 1merica, shark teeth were commonly used for tools, especially weapons such as clubs and daggers, but also to carve wood and as tools for food preparation. .or example, various weapons edged with shark teeth were used by the 4ative :awaiians who called them leiomano. Movie: JA S: The police chief of 1mity 3sland, a fictional summer resort town, tries to protect beachgoers from a giant great white shark by closing the beach, only to be overruled by the town council, which wants the beach to remain open to draw a profit from tourists during the summer season. 1fter several attacks, the police chief enlists the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter.