Vulnerable species - Great White Shark
Great White Shark - Carcharadon carcharias
Great White Sharks are found throughout the world in temperate and subtropical oceans, with a preference for cooler waters. This distribution includes the coastal waters of NSW.
Great White Sharks measure around 120-150 cm at birth and can grow to at least 6 m in length, although there are unconfirmed reports of individuals up to 7 m.
Great White Sharks have a torpedo-shaped body, coloured grey to grey-brown on the upper surface and white below. They have large, serrated triangular teeth, very small second dorsal and anal fins, and a distinct keel before the broad crescent-shaped tail.
They are occasionally mistaken for the Mako Shark, but the Mako's upper body is blue and they have long slender pointed teeth.