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Predatory Skills of the Great White Shark - 7/21/15

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The great white shark has long been feared as one of the sea’s deadliest apex predators. At an average of 15 feet in length, weighing up to 5,000 pounds and sporting about 300 serrated teeth, it’s no wonder these creatures have a notorious reputation.

But it’s not just their size and razor-sharp pearly whites that make them successful hunters. The great white is armed with six acute senses that have evolved to perfection over the course of millions of years.

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