Definition of great white shark in English:

great white shark


  • A large aggressive shark of warm seas, with a brownish or grey back, white underparts, and large triangular teeth.

    • ‘Whales, dolphins, enormous groupers, turtles, whale sharks, manta rays, great whites, hammerheads - they all play a starring role in attracting divers to worldwide destinations.’
    • ‘If most sharks, including great whites, enter freshwater, their internal salt levels become diluted.’
    • ‘Bait is also used at Dangerous Reef, in South Australia, but there the sharks are great whites, and the divers are in cages.’
    • ‘A high fat diet is mandatory for the great white to maintain its body temperature and keep its brain warm in cold water.’
    • ‘Surprisingly little has been known about how the great white shark goes about its daily business.’
    • ‘The most common myth is that great whites, with their poor vision, attack divers and surfers in wet suits, mistaking them for pinnipeds (seals and sea lions), their main prey.’
    • ‘All the theories about the megalodon are based on studies of great whites and other sharks.’
    • ‘They are probably one of the most feared sharks after the great white.’
    • ‘The seals also displace the penguins from breeding sites and, together with great white sharks, prey on the penguins.’
    • ‘Illegal fishing for great whites openly takes place in South Africa, with the perpetrators being so brazen as to advertise their activities in some of the world's largest game fishing magazines.’
    • ‘Most people, when they hear the word ‘shark,’ may still think of a huge great white shark, like the one in Jaws.’
    • ‘Considered the most aggressive of sharks, the great white may be drawn to this region because of the presence of the sea lions, on which it feeds.’
    • ‘Further studies are needed on other species such as the great white, mako and oceanic whitetip.’
    • ‘Beaches south of Cape Town have been put on shark alert after great whites made two attempts on human prey.’
    • ‘Populations of thresher sharks are down by 80 per cent and great whites by 79%.’
    • ‘However, for other shark researchers the key question isn't whether there are great whites swimming off the U.K., but why they have not been seen before.’
    • ‘Is it not inevitable that the great whites will follow in their wake?’
    • ‘We see many of the same great whites each year, and every year they display the same personality traits.’
    • ‘You've dived often with sharks, including great whites.’
    • ‘He uses the sub to dive incognito among the oceans’ top predators, great white sharks.’


great white shark