This sculpture of a great white shark is 6 meters long and contains approximately 6.000 fish hooks. For more information about this sculpture, the exhibition or sales enquiries, please contact us.

The white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, is one of the largest and most widespread top predators in the ocean. It occurs worldwide from temperate to tropical waters of all seas, including the Mediterranean basin.

 

Great whites can reach an estimated maximum size of 600-640 cm, and possibly live for a maximum age of 73 years. As top predators, they play a crucial role in the ocean by keeping prey populations in balance, and ultimately promotes stability and the diversity of the ocean.

 

At global level, the white shark is classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN and listed in Appendix II of the CITES and on several international agreements. At Mediterranean level, the white shark has been recently assessed as Critically Endangered, with a decreasing population.

 

Offshore records of the great white shark in the Mediterranean Sea have included captures across all size-classes made by a variety of fisheries. Although no targeted fishery has ever existed, there are attempts to capture and kill this species following cases of shark attack and/or associated media attention.

 

References:

Boldrocchi, G., Kiszka, J., Purkis, S. et al. (2017). Distribution, ecology, and status of the white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, in the Mediterranean Sea. Rev. Fish Biol. Fish, 27(3), 515-534.

Soldo, A., Bradai, M.N. & Walls, R.H.L. 2016. Carcharodon carcharias. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T3855A16527829.

With thanks to AMO Scientific Partner One Ocean Foundation

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