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Great White Shark: Hunter And Hunted

Recife, one of the largest cities in Brazil and one of the country’s top tourist destinations, has endless miles of sandy beach and inviting waves but the highest concentration of shark attacks in the world. Now, Hunter and Hunted investigates the reasons behind these shark attacks that are causing beachgoers to struggle for their lives. What can the locals, who thrive on tourist income, do to stop the attacks in what is fast becoming the shark city of the world?

The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), also known as the great white, white pointer, white shark, or white death, is a species of large lamniform shark which can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans. The great white shark is mainly known for its size, with mature individuals growing up to 6.4 m (21 ft) in length (although reports have been published of great white sharks measuring over 8 m (26 ft), and 3,324 kg (7,328 lb) in weight).This shark reaches its maturity around 15 years of age and was previously believed to have a life span of over 30 years. The true lifespan of Great white sharks is far longer; now estimated to be as long as 70 years or more, making it one of the longest lived cartilaginous fish currently known. Great white sharks can accelerate to speeds that exceed 56 km/h (35 mph).

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