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Sandbar Shark: Carcharhinus plumbeus

Appearance:

  • Snout broadly rounded and short
  • First dorsal fin is large and triangular, begins over or in front of pectoral fin insertion
  • Back is brown or gray, fading to a white belly
  • Interdorsal ridge present

Similar Species: Dusky shark, C. obscurus (first dorsal starts over pectoral fin free tip); bull shark, C. leucas (no interdorsal ridge) 

Size: Up to 8 feet 

Habitat:

Coastal and offshore waters, typically found at depths ranging from 60 to 200 feet. May enter estuaries.

Behavior:

Predators and scavengers. Feeding occurs chiefly near the bottom on fish and shellfish.  Migrate long distances and they mature at about 6 feet in length.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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