Great White sharks tend to stay in cooler water than what we find in the tropical waters of Costa Rica’s Pacific coastlines as well as it’s Caribbean coastlines.
So you will not likely see the Great White Shark while visiting Costa Rica. Sorry.
This legendary great white shark is extremely fearsome to us. We think of it as a mindless killing machines which attack humans if we get near it.
There are around 100 shark attacks reported around the world annually and only one-third to one-half are attributed to the Great White Shark.
Great White Sharks are the largest predatory fish on Earth. They grow to an average of 15 feet (4.6 meters) And some can weigh up to 5,000 pounds (2, 268 kilograms)
They get their name from the white color of their underbelly. They swim very very fast, like a torpedo, and their powerful tails can propel them through the water at up to fifteen miles per hour (24 km)
The most scary thing is their mouths are lined with serrated, triangular teeth arranged in rows. These teeth can number up to three hundred! They love to eat sea lions, sea turtles, and even some smaller whales.
These creatures are believed to be decreasing in numbers at an alarming rate. This is due to over fishing and sometimes they are accidentally caught up in gill nets.
Where can I go to likely see a great white shark? On the southern coast of South Africa is where a very large colony of great whites congregate. Also the southern coast of Australia, Mexico’s Isa Guadalupe, New Zealand, California coastlines, and the central Mediterranean in the Adrian Sea. A great white has even been seen off the coast of Cuba!
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