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Tuesday, 16 February 2010

New National Geographic Photos: Great White Sharks



Near a seal colony in South Africa, a great white shark breaches, leaping for a decoy being pulled across the surface.
Photograph by David Doubilet



Great whites have a dark gray upper body to camouflage them from above and a stark white underbelly to camouflage them from below. That way they can ambush victims from any angle.
Photograph by Raul Touzon



Despite the widespread fear of these enormous predators, great white shark attacks are rarely fatal. Most of the attacks are "sample bites" from the curious fish as they try to decide whether to go through the effort of a full attack. Luckily, they usually decide against making people their next meal.
Photograph by Eric Hanauer/Alamy



With the tip of its classic dorsal fin protruding through the water's surface, a great white shark swims above a school of fish that are most likely too small for the behemoth to bother chasing down for an afternoon snack.
Photograph by DLILLC/Corbis



Great white sharks, like this one, use an uncanny sense of smell combined with a unique sensory system that detects bioelectric impulses in the water to find vulnerable prey up to miles away.
Photograph by David Fleetham/Alamy



Full breaches like this attack are rare as they expend so much energy. But in South Africa waters full of baby seals, sharks attack from below with ferocious speed, propelling them out of the water with their catch.
Photograph by Brandon Cole Marine Photography/Alamy



New Zealand fur seals swim warily above a great white shark, the largest predatory fish in the seas. Unfortunately for them, seals are one of these sharks' favorite meals
Photograph by David Fleetham/Alamy



The Latin name for great white sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, literally means "ragged tooth," an understandable moniker.
Photograph by Stephen Frink Collection

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