5 FACTS ABOUT GREAT WHITES
- Great white sharks are colossal predators that sit at the top of the marine food chain for good reason: Adults can grow to more than 20 feet long and weigh more than 4,000 lbs.
- To track down prey in an ecosystem as large as the ocean, great white sharks need to have an incredible sense of smell. Great whites can detect a single drop of blood in 25 gallons of water, and can smell even a small amount of blood up to three miles away.
- Think you can outswim a great white? Think again. These sharks can hit speeds up to 25 mph, while humans can only reach a mere 4.5 mph underwater. And, great whites don’t just stick to the water; they’ve been known to leap 8-10 feet out of the water while pursuing seals.
- Great white sharks were thought to only live around 20 or 30 years, but recent studies have shown that they can live as long as humans with a lifespan of 70 years or more.
- Great white sharks play a vital role in a healthy marine ecosystem, but humans are threatening their population through illegal hunting, nets, harmful fishing practices, and pollution. But, nonprofit organizations are working to protect these amazing sharks and change the public's misguided perception of them. Support these organizations by purchasing our great white shark designs. For every bracelet sold, 15% of profits are donated to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, located in Chatham, Mass. Use code ATLANTIC at checkout to receive 15% off your order to protect the Cape’s most popular summer visitor.
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