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What is the lifespan of the great white shark?

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The lifespan of the great white shark is about 70 years, according to a study by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. It was previously believed that great whites lived to be only 30.

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Great white sharks are large lamniformes that are found on the coastal waters of all of the major oceans. They are one of the largest shark species in the ocean and can grow up to 21 feet in length and weigh over 7,000 pounds. The great white shark is known as an apex predator, meaning it preys on a variety of marine mammals, fish and seabirds. Its only natural predator is the Orca whale.

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