Story: Sharks and rays

Great white shark taking bait

Great white shark taking bait

When a great white shark is about to strike, as in this photograph, its face changes shape. The jaws come forward, making the upper lip curl up, and the snout becomes blunt. The eyes roll backwards for protection, making it momentarily blind.

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Photograph by Malcolm Francis

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Gerard Hutching, 'Sharks and rays - Shark attacks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006