This world’s biggest and cosmopolitan predator is the only living species from the Carcharodon genus. It can smell a single drop of blood in 4.6 million liters of sea water. Great white sharks have fallen below 3.500 individuals.
The great white shark is now considered vulnerable. Sharks taken during the long interval between birth and sexual maturity never reproduce, making population recovery and growth difficult. Male great white sharks reach sexual maturity at age 26, while females take 33 years to reach sexual maturity. The shark’s late sexual maturity, low reproductive rate and slow growth make it vulnerable to pressures such as overfishing and environmental change.