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Sandbar Shark

Charcharinus plumbeus

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Sandbar Shark

FUN FACTS

Also known as brown sharks, sandbar sharks exhibit the typical appearance and behavior that people associate with sharks.  They are ram ventilators, which means that they must constantly swim to move water across their gills.  While these sharks swim much faster and are more agile than the sandtiger sharks, they seem almost afraid of the divers and will avoid any type of interaction with them.  Sandbar sharks bear live young and have eggs that develop internally.  Litter sizes generally average six to 13 pups; females reach maturity at about 12 to 15 years of age


CONSERVATION
Sandbar sharks are listed as lower risk on the IUCN redlist.  As with most sharks, they have very low reproductive rates and are vulnerable to population decline if overfished.

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Sandbar Shark

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Sandbar Shark
Photo by TN Aquarium Staff

About This Animal

SIZE: 8 feet 

RANGE: Subtropical oceans worldwide including North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia

HABITAT: Found inshore and offshore.  Common around bays, river mouths and surface waters

DIET:  Mainly fish, but also cephalopods, crustaceans and gastropods


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