They are found along the continental shelves in all oceans throughout the world.
They live in coastal waters around islands, along the continental shelves and sometimes checking out bays and harbors. They have been known to travel down to more than 4,000 feet.
They can reach more than 20 feet long and weigh up to 2 tons (4,000 pounds). They are dark on top and white underneath. They have a large cone-shaped head with many rows of razor sharp teeth.
They travel alone. They are a fierce predator. They use their great sense of smell and eyesight to locate prey, but can also sense electrical currents in the water that are released by muscles when an animal is swimming.
They eat fish, sharks, seals and porpoises and even sea turtles.
The eggs hatch inside the female so young are born live (viviparous). They can have more than a dozen young 18 inches long.
Species: C. carcharias
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