White sharks (Carcharodon carcharias), also called great white sharks, are one of the ocean’s primary predators, and are fascinating creatures. Yet, despite the enormously popular and scientific interest in them, there is still much we do not know about white shark behavior and biology. These sharks are still misunderstood among many as vicious man-eaters, as opposed to the important fish they are.
Shark Stewards partners in the White Shark Stewardship program with the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and State of California educating the public and visitors to the Sanctuary on biology, threats to humans and sharks. Below are some common questions about white sharks, with answers from CDFW experts:
Text by Carrie Wilson, Associate Marine Biologist, and Mary Patyten, Research Writer.