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Blacknose Shark

Carcharhinus acronotus


Illustration of a blacknose shark showing important characteristics
  • Black or dusky blotch on snout tip
  • Back is pale olive-gray, fading to a whitish belly
  • First dorsal fin starts immediately behind the pectoral fin
  • Second dorsal fin starts before middle of anal fin
  • No interdorsal ridge

Similar Species: Atlantic sharpnose shark, R. terraenovae (lacks dark snout tip)

Size: Up to 5 feet 


Coastal waters. Common in bays and lagoons. 


Feed mostly on small fishes and invertebrates.

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Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles