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Sand Tiger Shark

Carcharias taurus


Illustration of a sand shark showing important characteristics
  • 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

Prohibited from harvest in Florida state waters. 


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles