The Great White Shark text

Here is the text map and words for our Great White Shark non-chronological report. See if you can learn the whole thing with actions. Remember, it is ok to invent your own actions if you can’t remember those we used in class.

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The Great White Shark

The great white is a member of the shark family and is the world’s largest predatory fish.

Like many other big fish, great white sharks inhabit all of the world’s oceans. Despite this, they are mostly found in cool waters, close to the coasts of South Africa and North    America.

Unsurprisingly, great white sharks are often confused with other sharks as they have     similar features, most notably their large dorsal fin and powerful tail. Their distinguishing characteristics however, are their grey skin and white underbelly from where they get their name. Generally, they grow to around 4.6m long, but some great whites have been      measured at 6m – that’s half the length of a bus.

Whilst many people think of these beasts as fearsome man-eaters, humans aren’t on the great white’s menu. Great white sharks are carnivorous creatures with a diet of sea     mammals which typically include sea lions, seals and small whales. They have such a strong sense of smell that they can detect a colony of seals 2 miles away; they can detect one drop of blood in 100 litres of water.

Great white sharks are one of nature’s great predators. They have seven rows of sharp,   triangular teeth – up to 300 in all. They also have a streamlined shape and powerful tail that propel them through the water at over 60km per hour. These fish have sleek, muscular bodies which are aerodynamically perfect for short, fast bursts of power.

Great white sharks are at the top of the food chain and are not likely to be killed by other sea creatures; however, they are under serious threat from human activity. Marine Biologists now consider them to be a vulnerable species.

 

 

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