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Sandbar Shark

Carcharhinus plumbeus


Illustration of a sandbar shark showing important characteristics
  • 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 


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


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: This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Prohibited from harvest in Florida state waters. 

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles