Great White Sharks give birth to their offspring in Gansbaai, which is located about 190 km from Cape Town on the False Bay of South Africa. Males in particular take long hikes in the world's oceans and come back to their place of birth.
Offspring - Cape Town Shark Tours in South Africa
The Great White Shark is most likely the oldest predatory fish that can be found in all the world's oceans. Its age is estimated at approximately 400 million years. He lived about 200 million years earlier when the dinosaurs inhabited our earth. He is therefore a master of evolution. He has survived three times the polarity reversal of the magnetic fields and several climate changes.
Young Sharks - Characteristics Great White Shark
- Name: Great White Shark - White Sharks
- Scientific name: Carcharodon carcharias
- Family: Mackerel Sharks (Lamnidae)
- Origin: Vertebrates (Chordata)
- Class: Cartilaginous Fish (Chondrichthyes)
- gestation period: approx. 14 to 18 months
- Young sharks: 2 to 14 young animals
- Birth: viviparous
- Length of the young sharks: 1.20 to 1.50 meters
- Weight at birth: approx. 25 to 32 kg
- Birthplace: Gansbaai near Cape Town
Mating has not been observed so far, but it is known from the Greenland sharks that the male bites the female fairly violently in the back fin. The lady doesn't care much about these love bites because she has a thick layer of fat.
After about 14 months of gestation, the hatchlings hatch. As a rule, she has 2 to 14 young, which she gives birth to live-giving. The eggs were hatched in the womb. The sexes are recognizable immediately after birth, because females or males have an external genital organ.
From the very first minute, the young sharks, which weigh up to 32 kilograms and are around 1.5 meters long, are able to prey. With their triangular, extremely pointed shark teeth, they can immediately catch smaller fish.
Immediately after birth, they have seven senses and are therefore far superior to many rural creatures.
The seven senses include:
- Hearing - he feels low-frequency and pulsing vibrations
- Seeing - high-performance sensors, which amplify the light in the eye. Particularly important in the deep sea, since no light penetrates from a depth of 500 meters.
- Smell - 10,000 times better than humans
- Pressure sensitivity - lateral line organ
- Electrical sensations - Lorenzine ampoules
- Taste - first class sense of taste
- Sense of touch - pressure and temperature sensors
The young fish were able to practice in their mothers womb as an embryo to eat, the unfertilized eggs were a perfect meal. So nature ensures that only the strongest and fastest young can reproduce.
At the beginning of evolution, the eggs had a shell and were spawned in protected reefs. The Great White Shark continued to evolve over millions of years until a uterus formed in the womb, where the young developed better in a protected body and were protected from enemies.
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