Great white sharks are primarily a coastal and offshore inhabitant of insular and continental shelves (Aidan Martin, 2003). Great white sharks have been known to breach the surface and have also been found at depths of 1,875 meters (Dale, 2008). They seem to prefer waters with sea surface temperatures of 59 to 72°F (Aidan Martin, 2003). They can be found on the following coastlines: California to Alaska, the east coast of the United States, coastal Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, coasts of South America, South Africa, Australia (except the north coast), New Zealand, Mediterranean Sea, West Africa to Scandinavia, Japan, and the eastern coastline of China to Russia (Dale, 2008).
Range depth: 0 to 1,875m m.
Habitat Regions: temperate ; tropical ; saltwater or marine
Aquatic Biomes: coastal
- Aidan Martin, R. 2003. "Brief Overview of the Great White Shark" (On-line). Biology of Sharks and Rays. Accessed April 06, 2009 at http://www.elasmo-research.org/education/white_shark/overview.htm.
- Dale, R. 2008. "OceanLink" (On-line). Great White Shark. Accessed April 06, 2009 at http://oceanlink.island.net/biodiversity/shark/shark.html#Anchor-Habitat.