Great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias



A great white shark swims through the clear waters of Isla Guadalupe, far offshore of the Pacific Coast of Baja California.  Guadalupe Island is host to a concentration of large great white sharks, which visit the island to feed on pinnipeds and tuna. Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Mexico, Carcharodon carcharias, natural history stock photograph, photo id 07672Add To Light Table
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A great white shark swims through the clear waters of Isla Guadalupe, far offshore of the Pacific Coast of Baja California.  Guadalupe Island is host to a concentration of large great white sharks, which visit the island to feed on pinnipeds and tuna. Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Mexico. Image #07666
A great white shark opens it mouth just before it attacks its prey with a crippling, powerful bite.  After the prey has been disabled, the shark will often wait for it to weaken from blood loss before resuming the attack.  If the shark looses a tooth in the course of the bite, a replacement just behind it will move forward to take its place. Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico. Image #19452
A great white shark swims through the clear waters of Isla Guadalupe, far offshore of the Pacific Coast of Mexico's Baja California. Guadalupe Island is host to a concentration of large great white sharks, which visit the island to feed on pinnipeds and use it as a staging area before journeying farther into the Pacific ocean. Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe). Image #19465
A great white shark swims underwater through the ocean at Guadalupe Island. Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico. Image #21347
A great white shark swims underwater through the ocean at Guadalupe Island. Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico. Image #21348
A great white shark swims underwater through the ocean at Guadalupe Island. Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico. Image #21349

Several attempts to attract and view great white sharks at Guadalupe Island were made in the 80's and early 90's, with occasional but modest success. In the late 90's, however, reports of sightings of white sharks at Guadalupe Island by fishermen and visiting boaters grew, especially during the late summer and fall months when tuna are found in abundance at the island. It is not clear whether the increase in sightings was the result of selection bias (i.e., more boats at the island led to greater likelihood of sightings) or a true trend in the distribution or activities of the sharks. Renewed attempts to attract and observe white sharks at the island met with considerable success, to the point that by 2002 several commercial tour companies were bringing divers to the island to view the sharks, not to mention a number of private individuals and documentary film productions seeking out the sharks there as well.

A great white shark swims through the clear waters of Isla Guadalupe, far offshore of the Pacific Coast of Baja California. Guadalupe Island is host to a concentration of large great white sharks, which visit the island to feed on pinnipeds and tuna. Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Mexico

Stock Photo: 07672
Species: Great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias
Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico
Format: Digital 3:2
Other Names: white pointer, white death, jaws
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