Sand Tiger Shark: Carcharias taurus


  • Snout flattened and sharply rounded
  • Light brown with irregular dark spots on body
  • First dorsal fin starts well behind pectoral fin
  • First and second dorsal fins of equal size
  • All 5 gill slits are in front of the pectoral fin
  • Small eyes and a long mouth that extends behind the eyes
  • No interdorsal ridge 

Size: Up to 10 feet 


Coastal waters near bays and in deeper waters around reef areas


Juveniles are cannibalistic and will feed on siblings while in the womb

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations

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