White Shark

white shark
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Protected Species: do not take!

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Protected species

Do not take!

Other names

great white shark, white pointer, white death

Scientific name

Carcharodon carcharias

Grows to

Up to

6 metres and 2.2 tonnes

Identifying features

​This large shark is a grey-blue to grey-brown colour on the upper body and white underneath. It is often recognised by the high first dorsal fin on the back and it has a second smaller dorsal fin.  It has five gill slits, a crescent shaped tail, a torpedo-shaped body and a pointed snout.  The teeth are large, triangular and serrated.  Females are generally larger.


The great white is an open-ocean dweller that prefers deeper offshore waters but is often found in coastal inshore waters close to the surface.  It inhabits southern temperate oceans around Australia including off Tasmania.​


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Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647

Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au

Commercial Fisheries

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GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

Email: commercial.fisheries@nre.tas.gov.au

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Email: fishing.licensing@nre.tas.gov.au