Can you eat a great white shark?

In this brief article, we will provide an answer to the question, “Can you eat a great white shark?”. We will also elaborate on the reasons for its prohibition, and where these great white sharks are found.

Can you eat great white sharks?

Yes, generally it is allowed to eat great white sharks in the United States. But it is not more common among people in the U.S. because many species of great white shark which are found on American shores are termed endangered species. 

Besides this, it is also claimed that shark meat consists of a high quantity of mercury, so it would be better to avoid consuming them. 

Great white shark

The great white shark is one of the largest fish in the sea. Also considered as a predatory fish. These great white sharks swim in a pattern of slapping the surface of the water with their long tails and also spray towards the other great white shark. 

The great white sharks can be mostly seen alongside the coasts of almost all the continents just except Antarctica. The liver of a great white shark is enormous which can be 24 per cent part of its total body weight. 

The great white shark in its total life span can lose and use more than one thousand teeth. The whole body of the great white shark is not white, while it has a grey, dark blue, black, or brown colour on its back.

Is it illegal to eat great white sharks?

No, it is not illegal to eat great white sharks’ meat. But in some regions, it is protected like in California where rules and regulations are made for the great white shark, where it is not allowed to catch great white sharks. But if sometimes it is caught accidentally, then according to federal regulations it is released immediately.

Do humans hunt great white sharks?

Yes, a large number of great white sharks are being hunted by humans that’s why there is a noticeable decline in the number of great white sharks. The Great white sharks are not hunted only to eat by humans but their other body parts such as fins, teeth which are used by humans as a trophy for sport fishing.

Do great white sharks like to eat humans?

Most of the sharks are not dangerous for humans, as their natural diet exists on other marine mammals including fish. It has become a very scary reputation about the sharks that they are dangerous for humans. But it is not right, their diet plan has no concern with humans and they very rarely attack humans.

Great white shark as an edible

In China, great white sharks are being hunted for the sake of fins and are used for making different recipes including fin soups.

The fins of great white sharks are more preferred as compared to their meat as the meat of a great white shark consists of a heavy content of mercury

In some countries, it is considered illegal to hunt great white sharks because of the fear of their extinction but in the high seas, there is no regulation. High seas are those areas of the world that are not included in the territory of any country.  

Why should you not eat shark meat?

According to an estimation, about 100 million sharks are being killed each year for the consumption purpose of humans. Fin soup of great white shark is one of the delicious dishes in china but wildcards claim that it is reduced almost 70 per cent.

This reduction in China is due to the enhancing austerity in China and also due to the anti-corruption policies. Besides the conservation of the lives of great white sharks, it is also reported by CNN that from almost 20 years ago, the mercury content in sharks can lead to the loss of coordination, reduction in vision that can be blindness and even can also result in death.

This mercury content in sharks is from the small fish that is the natural diet of great white sharks. Rober Hueter who is the director of Mote Marine laboratory which is a centre for shark research claimed through a CNN report that 124 sharks were tested from which one-third number of sharks came associated with mercury content over the drug and food administration’s action level.

Conclusion

In this brief article, we have provided an answer to the question, “Can you eat a great white shark?”. Apart from this, we have also elaborated on the reasons for its prohibition, which part of the great white shark is preferred and where these great white sharks can be found.

References

https://www.quora.com/Are-great-white-sharks-hunted-for-eating-by-people

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