Great White Shark
Photograph by Raul Touzon
There is no doubt that the great white shark sits atop the ocean food chain. The world’s largest predatory fish can weigh in at over 5,000 pounds (2,270 kilograms) and reach lengths of more than 20 feet (6 meters). Great whites boast some 300 teeth, which they typically sink into sea lions, seals, small toothed whales, sea turtles, and carrion. These sharks are responsible for a third to a half of the 100-odd shark attacks on humans every year, but the strikes are usually unintentional and rarely prove fatal.