Vulnerable species - White Shark
White Shark - Carcharadon carcharias
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.
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.
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.
Species similar in appearance
They are occasionally mistaken for the Mako Shark, but the Mako's upper body is blue and they have long slender pointed teeth.
Fisheries Scientific Committee determination
- Fisheries Scientific Committee determination (PDF 14.23 KB)