The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), also known as the great white, white shark, white pointer, or white death, is a species of large mackerel shark which can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans. One of the many Holocene animals at the park, the great white shark is notable for its size, averaging between 4–6 meters long and weighing over 2 tons. However, larger individuals have been known to grow over 7–10 meters in length and more than 3–5 tons in weight at maturity.
The lifespan of great white sharks is estimated to be as long as 70 years or more, well above previous estimates, making it one of the longest living cartilaginous fish currently known. Male great white sharks take 26 years to reach sexual maturity, while the females take 33 years to be ready to produce offspring. Great white sharks can swim at speeds of over 56 km/h (35 mph) and can swim to depths of 1,200 m (3,900 ft).
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 extant macropredatory 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. It is the only known surviving species of its genus Carcharodon and is responsible for more recorded human bite incidents than any other shark. The Great White Shark is also a smaller relative to it's prehistoric cousin the Megalodon.