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Walk in Africa / Nature Stories  / Dental Floss for Great White Sharks
29 Apr

Dental Floss for Great White Sharks

Normally I try to avoid posting two consecutive posts about the same subject, but Pat Verbraecken sent me this incredible photograph that he took on our recent trip with Chris Fallows and I couldn’t resist but show it to everyone. I’ve seen some wonderful photos of Great White Sharks and I’ve even taken some pretty mediocre photos of them myself, but I’ve never seen a picture like this. Great White Sharks amaze some people and they instill fear in others but no-one is neutral about them. The sentiments all revolve around their TEETH and this photo captures those teeth incredibly.

 

Up close & personal

Up close & personal

The teeth of Great Whites are one of the reasons for their incredible success. They have several rows of these teeth and can have as many as 300 teeth in their mouth at any one time. Besides being incredibly sharp these teeth are serrated, so by just taking a bite and shaking their heads these sharks can bite off huge chunks of flesh. They don’t have to be concerned with damage to their teeth because their teeth are replaced if they fall out!

I guess that is why (as you can see above) they don’t bother with flossing !!!