The great white shark is a fierce hunter that lives throughout much of the world's oceans, usually close to the coast. It can grow to be up to 20 feet long and may weigh up to 5,000 pounds. Its swimming speed reaches up to 15 miles per hour.
Great white sharks hunt the waters in which they live for sea animals such as seals, sea lions, fish, rays and other sharks. They are the world's largest predator fish and do not have very many threats in the wild. Orcas and large sharks may attack great white sharks. Humans and great white sharks pose a mutual threat to each other. Great white sharks do attack humans, but such incidences are relatively rare. Humans are a threat to the species through illegal hunting, overfishing and other activities.
Great white sharks find their prey by means of a keen sense of smell. Some scientists estimate that these creatures could detect one drop of blood in 100 liters of water. When pursuing their prey, they utilize the element of surprise by sneaking up on their chosen food from underneath, leaping with them out of the water (called a "breach") and then entering back into the water with their food, which they usually swallow in large chunks.