White sharks are found mostly in cool waters close to the coast. White sharks are considered super swimmers, reaching speeds of over 56 km/h (35 mph) depths of 1,200 m (3,900 ft). They can live to be as old as 70 and don't produce offspring until they are about 33 years of age. White sharks can grow to be 6m (18ft) long with 300 razor sharp teeth arranged in seven rows. This coupled with the famous Jaws movies has given white sharks a bad rap.
The great white shark has no known natural predators other than, on very rare occasions, the killer whale. The great white shark is arguably the world's largest known predatory fish, and is one of the primary predators of marine mammals. It is also known to prey upon a variety of other marine animals, including fish and seabirds.
New research reveals that Atlantic white sharks, which were hunted indiscriminately for almost two decades following the release Jaws, have slowly been making a comeback. Listen to the program here.
NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat. They provide vital services for the nation: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems—all backed by sound science and an ecosystem-based approach to management.