A great white shark can smell blood in a radius of approximately 1/3 mile or "as low as 1 part per 25 million." Not all sharks have this strong of a sense of smell; however, all sharks do have a sense of smell that is superior to many animals.Continue Reading
Sharks smell using nares, which are holes on the bottom of their long snouts. They need these incredible noses in order to find their next food source by not only determining what food is there, but also how to get to it. Interestingly, sharks are also able to sense small electrical fields due to the pores that are on their heads. The hammerhead shark uses its head to find food underneath the sand by sensing for the electrical currents that the prey animals give off.
Sharks are also able to use their lateral line, which is an organ on the side of their body, to find out where there is movement. This helps the shark to detect prey as well as possible predators. However, the shark is typically at the top of the food chain and does not need to worry about predators. Sharks are carnivorous in nature and are also the largest fish in the world.Learn more about Sharks
Because of its highly streamlined shape and powerful swimming muscles, a great white shark can swim up to 35 miles per hour in short bursts. In addition to its ability to swim in short bursts, a great white can also move at a steady cruising speed. Scientists recorded one great white that swam a total of 12,400 miles in nine months, an average of 45 miles each day.Full Answer >
The great white shark gestates its eggs internally before giving live birth to a litter of two to 12 pups that are able to swim and hunt for themselves immediately upon leaving the womb. Many species of sharks give live birth after long gestation periods while others lay eggs and abandon them where they fall, leaving their fates to chance.Full Answer >
A great white shark, or Carcharodon carcharias, is a large shark that inhabits the coastal waters of all oceans. It is the largest macro-predatory fish on Earth.Full Answer >
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the great white shark has an extensive diet that may include leatherback sea turtles. Turtles are not the normal diet of a shark, as they prefer to eat seals, fish and other sharks.Full Answer >