What is the average size of a great white shark?
The pups are born measuring about 1.2 m (3.9 ft) and have a growth rate of about 25 cm (9.8 in) every year. Larger Great White females can grow up to 6.1 m (20 ft) in length and weigh in at 1905 kg (4200 lb), at maturity. On average though, males grow to a length of 3.4 – 4.0 m (11 – 13 ft), weighing 522 – 771 kg (1151 – 1700 lb), and females 4.6 – 4.9 m (15 – 16 ft), weighing 680 – 1110 kg (1500 – 2450 lb).
Maximum Size Great White Shark Sightings Reported
Many maximum size reports are debatable due to it being rough estimations performed under questionable circumstances. According to experts, such as J. E. Randall, the largest, reliably measured Great White Shark, was 6.0 m (19.7 ft) in length, from Ledge Point in Western Australia in 1987. The Canadian Shark Research Centre has confirmed a female caught by David Mckendrick, off Prince Edward Island in 1988, being 6.1 m (20 ft) in length. The International Game Fish Association (IGFA), recognizes the largest Great White, as the one caught in 1959, by Alf Dean in Australian waters, weighing 1208 kg (2663 lb). A very large amount of unconfirmed reports also exist.