Great white sharks are apex predators of the ocean, just as man is the apex predator in land. Apex predator means being on the top of the food chain, having no enemies that cannot be beaten. The only creatures in the world that can kill the great whites are orcas and humans. While there are many interesting and dangerous animals in the animals kingdom, the great whites are eventually not that dangerous. While there is a wide range of wild animals on land that are extremely dangerous to humans, ultimately humans are more powerful because we, as human beings, have developed weapons to use and are not dependant on physical strength alone.
The only sea creature that could possibly match of the great white shark is the orca, which is another name for the killer whale. The interesting aspect is that orcas are not even whales, they are actually dolphins, but they kill whales and great whites. The great white plays an important role in keeping the ocean clean. You might consider the great white as the doctor of the ocean. They not only eat, or at least take a bite out of, anything that is in the ocean, they eat weakened, sick or injured sea creatures. Surely, you have heard of the expression survival of the fittest. In the seas and oceans of Planet Earth, this is especially true. There are no undersea doctors and surgeons to patch up fish when they are sick or injured. This is where the great whites come in and clean things up.
Great white sharks, also known as white pointer sharks, or sometimes just white sharks, live in the coastal temperate regions of the world’s seas. They avoid warm waters. They best live in cold waters. Scientists tell us that the great whites prefer to live in cooler waters. The great whites live in the Pacific Ocean, along the eastern seaboard of both America, South America, Australia, New Zeeland, China and Japan, Indian Ocean off South Africa and the western coast of Australia, and in the Atlantic Ocean, off the eastern coast of both the USA and South America, North and South Africa, France, Portugal, and the Mediterranean Sea.
Another interesting aspect about the great white is that just like any other animals, it sleeps. While some rest on the ocean floor, others can rest one side of their brain at a time, allowing the other side to remain alert for predators.