Dentally challenged great white shark greets divers
Great white sharks can often lose teeth when biting prey or attacking other objects. However, replacement teeth are quickly filled in. The apex predators, in fact, might grow as many as 20,000 teeth in a lifetime.

So after a cage-diving company photographed a white shark missing many of its front teeth during an expedition to Mexico’s Guadalupe Island earlier this week, owner Martin Graf featured the image on Instagram, writing:

“Do you know a good dentist in your area? It’s good that white sharks are able to replace their teeth .”

Graf is the owner of the San Diego-based Shark Diver tour company. He said that the juvenile white shark was after a hang bait left behind the boat on Sunday.

Hang Baits Attract Sharks, so divers can photograph and observe the predators from close quarters.

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” It’s quite unusual for a shark have so many missing teeth,” Graf admitted, noting that he didn’t know when or how the shark lost so many teeth.

Graf said: “Sometimes, they lose their teeth after they bite into a large prey animal .”

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Guadalupe Island is 165 miles to the west of Ensenada in Baja California. It’s one of the most popular destinations for cage diving with great White Sharks.

The season usually runs from late July to early November. Many sharks have unique markings that are documented in a photo ID catalog.

Graf said that there was too much activity for one shark to be identified. He said that he didn’t know the identity of the shark from the photo. “We saw 30 many sharks on this trip, and they were all very active .”

-Image courtesy of Shark Diver

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