A new record of a great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias (Chondrichthyes: Lamnidae) in the Strait of Sicily, Central Mediterranean Sea
Keywords:Mediterranean Sea, elasmobranchs, large pelagic shark, biodiversity, threatened species
In November 2015 an immature male individual of great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus 1758), was caught as by-catch by a bottom trawler in the Strait of Sicily, in the Central Mediterranean Sea. The shark, reaching 266 cm in length and weighing 290 Kg, was identified and measured by means of a video provided by fishers. This record is discussed considering the available information on the presence of the great white shark in the area and confirms the importance of the Strait of Sicily for the conservation of this vulnerable species.