How to Draw a Great White Shark

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Great White Shark in 9 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Great White Shark.

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How to Draw a Great White Shark - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a great white shark! Starting with the head, trace a wide frown.

Step 2: Trace two smaller frowns, one for the mouth and one for the lower jaw making it longer than the first one.

Step 3: Now, draw the upper fin by tracing a triangular shape at the top of the head, and continuing the line to create the back.

Step 4: Draw the side fins, now, giving them a triangular shape.

Step 5: Trace a line along the bottom for the belly of the shark.

Step 6: To help you draw the tail, trace two triangular shapes stuck together at one end. Make sure to trace a line that connects the tail to the top of the body, and draw some tiny triangular shapes next to the belly for detail.

Step 7: At the top of the head, draw a circle for the eye, and at the front of the head draw two long holes for nostrils.

Step 8: Next, draw little triangles along the mouth for sharp teeth.

Step 9: Trace four curbed lines above the fin for gills, and trace a light line along the whole body of the shark for more detail. There's your great white shark! Did you know that great white sharks have a lifespan of about 30 years?

Interesting Facts about Great White Sharks

Great white sharks are a species of sharks that live on all coastal waters except in Antarctica. The United States, Japan, and South Africa are three of the countries with the largest populations of great white sharks.

Did you know?

  • Baby great white sharks, called pups, are independent the moment they are born. Once they are born, they swim away from their mothers and take care of themselves.
  • Great white sharks are at the top of their food chain, which means that they do not have predators that try to eat them. Great white sharks eat other sharks, other fish, seals, and sea lions.
  • The great white shark is the largest meat-eating shark of all. On average, great white sharks grow to be between 13 and 17 feet long.
  • Great white sharks have a lifespan of about 30 years.
  • Great white sharks lose their teeth, but they grow them back. In a lifetime, they can lose thousands of teeth.

The most famous great white shark, perhaps, is the one from the movie Jaws. The movie is about a shark that attacks people on a beach. Although this movie has made many people afraid of sharks, shark attacks are actually very rare.