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White shark (Carcharodon carcharias)
Biological Profile


white shark
White shark
(Carcharodon carcharias)
illustration ©FAO courtesy Species Identification and Biodata



Distinguishing Characteristics
1. Snout is conical

2. First dorsal fin is large and triangular

2. Caudal fin is lunate with a single keel on the caudal peduncle



white shark
White shark
(Carcharodon carcharias)
Specimen
© George Burgess


white shark
White shark
(Carcharodon carcharias)
Specimen: Head
© George Burgess


white shark
White shark
(Carcharodon carcharias)
Underwater
© Doug Perrine