Although the Great White Shark is the ocean’s largest carnivorous fish, the blue whale is the largest predator in the ocean. It sustains its enormous size (up to 100 feet and 150 tons) on a diet of krill which are tiny shrimp-like crustaceans.
The great white shark is the largest predator in the ocean
Scientists are now beginning to realize the important role great white sharks they play in their ecosystem, eliminating the weak and the sick from their environment and keeping seal and sea lion numbers in check. Lack of great white sharks to control the sea lion population may be one of the contributing factors to the declining salmon populations along the coast of California and Oregon.
The largest carnivorous ocean predator is the great white shark. These creatures have a number of adaptations (behaviors and anatomical features) that make them such efficient killers: specialized sensory organs which can detect electrical currents of as little as .005 millivolts that are generated by every living creature in the water; Extremely acute and sensitive sense of smell; excellent camouflage coloring; a large, powerful body and specially designed tail that provides for enormous bursts of energy for striking; several rows of razor sharp teeth that are continually replaced.
The largest carnivorous fish is the great white shark, but the largest ocean predator is actually the sperm whale. it is the largest toothed whale species in the world, and can grow up to 60 feet long, weighing up to 40 tons.
The blue whale is larger than the sperm whale, but also may not be considered a predator because it feeds on very small creatures called krill, which it filters from the water, and not any larger fish.
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