Average lifespan in the wild: 70 years
Size: 17 ft (5 m)
Weight: 2200 pounds
Group name: Bask (on land) or float (in water)
Did you know? The largest "saltie" on record was more than 28 feet (8.5 meters) long. It was killed in Australia in 1958 by a schoolteacher who later became a conservationist.
Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:
Great White Shark
Size: 15 ft (4.6 m) to more than 20 ft (6 m)
Weight: 5,000 lbs (2,268 kg) or more
Group name: School or shoal
Did you know? Great whites can detect one drop of blood in 25 gallons (100 liters) of water and can sense even tiny amounts of blood in the water up to 3 miles (5 kilometers) away.
Protection status: Endangered
Size relative to a bus: