11 Terrifying Facts About Possibly The Most Dangerous Creature On Earth

They're deadly fuckers...

Greatwhite

Villainised in the likes of Open Water, Deep Blue Sea and Spielberg classic Jaws these bad boys are pretty much everything they promise on the tin - great, white, and damn scary.

But - apart from their pearly whites - what makes them the perfect movie villain, and why have these fascinating creatures developed such a negative reputation across the globe? 

Surely they, like us, are just trying to survive another day in this crazy world where survival of the fittest isn't a choice - but a necessity.

We've collated a top 10 list of what makes them so frightening, thanks to the help of .

1. They're top of the food chain

Sharks are at the very top of the food chain in the big blue ocean and the only risk they face is us! Sometimes caught by accidental fishing or grimly sought out by 'sports' fisherman, as they're dubbed.

2. They're fucking huge 

As large as 6m (that's 20 feet long!) they generally weigh up to 2250 kg or 5000 lb.

3. They're classed as 'opportunistic eaters'

We all know someone who can't resist a maccies even if they've just demolished lunch, but depending on the season, area inhabited and their age, Great Whites will eat anything and everything from seals, fish, squid, and even other sharks, as well as us, of course!

4. They're the fastest predators in the ocean

Clocking up speeds of 35 mph, Great Whites are among the speediest beggars around. 

5. They possess 10 times the bite force of a LION

Need we say more?

6. They can leave the water

Streamlined and torpedo-shaped, their lustrous tails allow them to leave the water completely, breaching like whales to tackle prey from beneath the surface.

7. They prefer warm, salty seas

Recorded predominantly along the coasts of Australia, South Africa and California - these boys like a nice warm bath.

8. They have a life expectancy of around 70 years

According to a recent study, many live as long as humans!

9. They can detect blood from 3 miles

They can detect miniscule measures of blood in the water up to an astonishing 5 km away. Not very reassuring...

10. They have night-goggle vision

Bound to come out top in a Specsavers examination, the retina of a Great White's eye is divided into two – one section adapted for day vision, the other for poor light and night-time. So escaping them isn't easy.

11. They have up to 300 serrated teeth

This highly adapted predator has a chomper lined with up to 300 serrated teeth arranged in several rows. As if our chances weren't slim enough as it is...

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