Great White Sharks have rapid population decrease due to late maturity, low fecundity as well as infrequent reproduction. They are in rapid population decline Globally, great whites have declined and are smaller in size than previously supposed (Baum et al. 2003, Chapple et al. 2011) with some estimates as few as only 3500 individual animals in the entire world before the culling began. Are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN Red List. Play a key role in the marine food web as they mature into the position of apex predator (Baum and Worm 2009, Kim et al. 2012). Other studies have shown unpredictable and undesirable impacts to other species in the food chain when apex predators are removed.
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