Great white sharks are amazing creatures with a warm-blooded circulatory system which allows them to migrate long distances. Although the first fatal great white shark attack of 2023 occurred in Mexico, the great whites are typically found in the highest abundance in other waters – such as off the coast of Australia and South Africa – which are also temperate.
Additionally, great white sharks prefer to congregate where their dinner is served. Places noted for their large concentration of seals and sea lions – the great white’s favorite snack – are the California and Cape Cod Massachusetts coastlines and around the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Great whites tend to be less prevalent, but still sighted in the Bahamas and even Florida.
If you are interested in discovering the paths the great whites typically travel, there are quite a few online sites that actually track them live, including trackingsharks.com, livescience.com and atlanticwhiteshark.org…just to name a few!
Here are some facts to chew on…According to the International Wildlife Museum, while great white sharks are reported to attack more humans than any other type of shark, the chance of a person being bitten by a shark is only one in 3.75 million.
Sharks have inhabited our oceans for millions of years – longer than the dinosaurs that walked our earth. They possess the ability to swim up to 35 mph and they are an essential part of a well-balanced ecosystem. Plus, they are fun to fish for and can be very delicious to eat!