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Blue Shark

Prionace glauca


Illustration of a blue shark showing important characteristics
  • Body slender with long narrow pectoral fins
  • Long sharply rounded snout, longer than width of mouth
  • Body color is blue, fading to a white belly
  • First dorsal fin starts well behind the pectoral fin
  • No interdorsal ridge

Similar Species: Shortfin mako, I. oxyrinchus (tail in shape of crescent moon) 

Size: Up to 12.5 feet 


Found mostly in offshore oceanic waters


Feed on a variety of fishes, small sharks and squid

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles