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Spinner Shark

Carcharhinus brevipinna


Illustration of a spinner shark showing important characteristics
  • Back is gray-bronze, fading to a white belly
  • Snout pointed with a length equal to or longer than mouth width
  • Anal fin with black tip
  • Dorsal fins, pectoral fins and caudal fin lower lobe also black-tipped
  • First dorsal fin starts behind pectoral fin
  • No interdorsal ridge

Similar Species: Blacktip shark, C. limbatus (first dorsal fin begins over the pectoral fin inner margin; anal fin does not have a black tip) 

Size: Up to 8 or 9 feet 


Coastal to offshore waters


The spinner shark’s name is derived from its habit of leaping out of the water and spinning while in the air (other shark species are known to leap as well)

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles