Species

  • Angel Shark 48-ANGEL-SHARK-SQUATINA_SQUATINA_ADULT_AND_IMMATURE-1.jpg Squatina squatina WHAT TO LOOK FOR 
The front section of the shark’s body is flattened and its wide pectoral fins resemble those of rays or skates, the ...
  • Bahamas Sawshark 61-BAHAMAS-SAWSHARK-PRISTIOPHORUS_SCHROEDERI.jpgPristiophorus schroederi Sawsharks have a long and flat saw-like rostrum studded with teeth. They are small slender sharks with flattened heads and a pair or barbels ...
  • Basking Shark baskingshark.jpg Cetorhinus maximus   WHAT TO LOOK FOR A very large shark with a pointed snout, huge mouth and gill slits that almost encircle the head, strong lateral keels ...
  • Bigeye Thresher Shark 16-BIGEYE-THRESHER-SHARK-ALOPIAS_SUPERCILIOSUS.jpgAlopias superciliosus Thresher sharks are readily identifiable by their extremely long whip-like tails — tails as long as their bodies. There are three species of thresher ...
  • Blacknose Shark 31-BLACKNOSE-SHARK-CARCHARHINUS_ACRONOTUS.jpgCarcharhinus acronotus WHAT TO LOOK FORThis shark is easily identifiable by the dark tip on its snout. No interdorsal ridge, but it has small pectoral fins, ...
  • Blacktip Reef Shark blacktipreef.jpgCarcharhinus melanopterus  WHAT TO LOOK FOR A moderate-sized stocky brownish gray shark with a short, bluntly rounded snout; black and white on tips of first dorsal fin ...
  • Blacktip Shark blacktip.jpgCarcharhinus limbatus WHAT TO LOOK FOR:All fins except anal fins are black tipped, and the shark has an interdorsal ridge. COLOR:Dark gray, blue gray or dusky bronze ...
  • Blue Shark 10-BLUE-SHARK-PRIONACE_GLAUCA.jpgPrionace glauca WHAT TO LOOK FORThis shark is BLUE, and it is one of the most beautiful sharks. It is a slim, graceful shark with a ...
  • Bluegrey Carpet Shark 50-BLUEGREY-CARPETSHARK-HETEROSCYLLIUM_COLCLOUGHI_AND_JUVENILE.jpgHeteroscyllium colcloughi WHAT TO LOOK FORThis is a small, stout shark. It has a pair of long barbels with a posterior hooked flap. Its short mouth ...
  • Bluntnose Sixgill Shark bluntnosesixgill.jpgHexanchus griseus WHAT TO LOOK FOR:A stout shark with six gill slits. The shark has a short blunt snout and its single dorsal fin is set ...
  • Bramble Shark 44-BRAMBLE-SHARK-ECHINORHINUS_BRUCUS_BOTH.jpgEchnorhinus brucus WHAT TO LOOK FORA shark with thorns. Adults have large, greater than .4 inch sparsely and irregularly scattered whitish thorn-like denticles with ...
  • Broadnose Sevengill Shark broadnosesevengill.jpgNotorynchus cepedianus WHAT TO LOOK FORA stout broad-headed, small-eyed shark with seven gill slits and a single dorsal fin situated far back on its body. COLORPale gray ...
  • Bronze Whaler Shark bronzewhaler.jpgCarcharhinus brachyurus (also known as a Copper shark)   WHAT TO LOOK FOR A large shark with a long moderately rounded broad snout, and a bulge at the base ...
  • Brown Shyshark 53-BROWN-SHYSHARK-HAPLOBLEPHARUS_FUSCUS.jpgHaploblepharus fuscus WHAT TO LOOK FOR A small stocky shark with a broad head, and very large nostrils. Its greatly expanded anterior nasal flaps reach its mouth, ...
  • Bull Shark bull.jpgCarcharhinus leucas WHAT TO LOOK FORA stocky heavy-bodied gray shark with a short bluntly-rounded snout. COLORGray with a faint white band on its flank. The fin tips ...
  • Caribbean Reef Shark carribeanreef.jpgCarcharhinus perezi WHAT TO LOOK FORA large shark with a short bluntly-rounded snout, an interdorsal ridge, and no prominent markings on its fins. COLORGray brown to olive ...
  • Common Smoothhound 39-SMOOTHHOUND-MUSTELUS_MUSTELUS-1.jpgCommon Smoothhound – Mustelus mustelus WHAT TO LOOK FORA large, fairly slender shark with a short head and snout, broad internarial, large close-set eyes, and an ...
  • Cookiecutter Shark 57-COOKIECUTTER_SHARK_HEAD.jpgIsistius brasiliensis WHAT TO LOOK FOR A small cigar-shaped shark with a very short bulbous snout. The shark has suctorial lips, its dorsal fins are set far ...
  • Crocodile Shark 54-CROCODILE-SHARK-PSEUDOCARCHARIAS_KAMOHARAI.jpgPseudocharcharias kamoharai WHAT TO LOOK FOR These sharks have very distinctive small, slender-bodies with small fins, huge eyes, and long gill slits. COLOR Grey or grey-brown on their backs, ...
  • Dusky Shark dusky.jpgCarcharhinus obscurus WHAT TO LOOK FORA large gray shark with a short broadly rounded snout, no markings on its fins, and it has an interdorsal ridge. ...
  • Epaulette Shark 52-EPAULETTE-SHARK-HEMISCYLLIUM_OCELLATUS_AND_JUVENILE.jpgHemiscyllium ocellatum   WHAT TO LOOK FOR This small shark was named for the large white-ringed black spot on its flank behind the pectoral fin. The shark also ...
  • Frilled Shark Frilled Shark – Chlamydoselachus anguineus WHAT TO LOOK FOR This shark has an elongated eel-shaped body, and a flattened snake-like head with a very short snout and ...
  • Galapagos Shark galapagos-2004-049.jpgCarcharhinus galapagensis WHAT TO LOOK FORA large fairly slender gray shark with a moderately broad rounded snout. The shark has no conspicuous markings on its ...
  • Goblin Shark 56-GOBLIN-SHARK-MITSUKURINA_OWSTONI.jpgMitsukurina owstoni WHAT TO LOOK FOR A pink shark with a soft, flabby body and an unmistakable flat, elongated snout. It has protrusable jaws, and a long ...
  • Gray Reef Shark grayreef.jpgCarcharhinus amblyrhynchos WHAT TO LOOK FOR A medium-sized to large shark with a moderately long, broadly rounded snout and a black-edged caudal fin. COLOR Gray dorsal surface and a ...
  • Great Hammerhead Shark greathammerhead.jpgSphyrna mokarran WHAT TO LOOK FORHammer-shaped head with a nearly straight anterior margin. The first dorsal fin is very tall and falcate. COLOR Dark olive green to brownish ...
  • Great Lanternshark 59-GREAT-LANTERNSHARK-ETMOPTERUS_PRINCEPS.jpgEtmopterus princeps WHAT TO LOOK FOR A large stout shark, with a moderately long, broad tail and long gill slits. COLOR Blackish body. SIZE Mature females are approximately 2.1 ft [65 ...
  • Greenland Shark 14-GREENLAND-SHARK-SOMNIOSUS_MICROCEPHALUS_AND_VARIANTS.jpgSomniosus microcephalus WHAT TO LOOK FORA gigantic, heavy-bodied sleeper shark with a short, round snout, heavy cylindrical body, and small precaudal fins. It has rough skin ...
  • Gulper Shark 60-GULPER-SHARK-CENTROPHORUS_GRANULOSUS.jpgCentrophorus granulosus WHAT TO LOOK FOR This shark has a smooth skin (block-shaped denticles wide spaced but not overlapping). It has a rather short and thick snout, ...
  • Horn Shark Heterodontus francisci WHAT TO LOOK FORA small shark with a short, blunt head, ridges over its eyes, and two high dorsal fins with large spines. COLORBrown or ...
  • Kitefin Shark 45-KITEFIN-SHARK-DALATIAS_LICHA.jpgDalatias licha WHAT TO LOOK FORThis is a medium-sized cylindrical shark with a short, blunt snout, and thick, fringed lips. Its spineless dorsal fins originate behind ...
  • Lemon Shark lemon.jpgNegaprion brevirostris WHAT TO LOOK FOR:A big stocky short-nosed yellowish shark. Its dorsal fins are about the same size. COLORDark brown, olive or pale yellowish-brown above; yellowish ...
  • Leopard Shark 38-LEOPARD-SHARK-TRIAKIS_SEMIFASCIATA.jpgTriakis semifasciata WHAT TO LOOK FORA unique pattern of striking black saddle marks. The saddle-marks become light-centered in adults. COLOR Black, pale tan, to greyish, fading to whitish ...
  • Longfin Mako Shark 7-LONGFIN-MAKO-SHARK.jpgIsurus paucus WHAT TO LOOK FORThis shark’s snout is not a pointed as that of the shortfin mako shark. Its pectoral fins are as long as ...
  • Megamouth Shark 3-MEGAMOUTH-SHARK-MEGACHASMA_PELAGIOS.jpgMegachasma pelagios  WHAT TO LOOK FORThis shark has an unmistakable large, long head with a short, rounded snout. It has a huge terminal mouth extending behind ...
  • Nurse Shark Ginglymostoma cirratum   WHAT TO LOOK FOR A large-headed shark with nasal barbels and dorsal fins about the same size.    COLOR Gray-brown, yellow brown or brown body. Juveniles may have ...
  • Oceanic Whitetip Shark oceanicwhitetip.jpgCarcharhinus longimanus WHAT TO LOOK FORA large shark with large rounded white-tipped fins. The shark has a high rounded first dorsal fin and very long paddle-shaped ...
  • Pacific Sharpnose Shark 37-PACIFIC-SHARPNOSE-SHARK-RHIZOPRIONODON_LONGURIO.jpgRhizoprionodon longurio WHAT TO LOOK FORThis is a very small shark with inconspicuous dusky fin edges. It has a long snout, snort labial furrows, small wide-spaced ...
  • Pacific Sleeper Shark 15-PACIFIC-SLEEPER-SHARK.jpgSomniosus pacificus WHAT TO LOOK FOR A giant sleeper shark with a short, rounded snout, heavy cylindrical body, and small precaudal fins. Its skin is rough and ...
  • Porbeagle 8-PORBEAGLE-LAMNA_NASUS_-NORTHERN_AND_SOUTHERN.jpgLamna nasus WHAT TO LOOK FORThis is a heavy bodied shark with a short, conical snout, and long gill slits. It has a strong keel on ...
  • Pygmy Shark 58-PYGMY-SHARK-_EUPROTOMICRUS_BISPINATUS.jpgEuprotomicrus bispinatus WHAT TO LOOK FOR This is thought (at present) to be the smallest shark in the sea. It is a tiny, cylindrical shark with a ...
  • Pyjama Shark 47-PYJAMA-SHARK-PORODERMA_AFRICANUM.jpgPoroderma africanum WHAT TO LOOK FORA small shark with unmistakable combination of striking longitudinal stripes, but no spots. It has prominent but short nasal barbels and ...
  • Salmon Shark 9-SALMON-SHARK-LAMNA_DITROPIS.jpgLamna ditropis WHAT TO LOOK FORThis shark has a heavy body with a short, conical snout, and long gill slits. Its first dorsal fin has a ...
  • Sandtiger Shark sandtiger.jpgCarcharias taurus Also known as the Raggedtooth Shark (Africa) and the Grey Nurse Shark (Australia) WHAT TO LOOK FORA stocky shark with protruding snaggle teeth. The shark ...
  • Scalloped Hammerhead 13-SCALLOPED-HAMMERHEAD-SHARK-SPHYRNA_LEWINI.jpgSphyrna lewini WHAT TO LOOK FOR A hammerhead shark with a large body and a broadly arched, narrow-bladed head with a central notch and two smaller lateral ...
  • Sharpnose Sevengill Shark 42-SHARPNOSE-SEVENGILL-SHARK-HEPTRANCHIAS_PERLO.jpgHeptranchias perlo WHAT TO LOOK FORThis shark has an acutely pointed head and seven pairs of gill slits. It has a narrow mouth and large eyes.   COLOR The ...
  • Sharptooth Lemon Shark 36-SHARPTOOTH-LEMON-SHARK-NEGAPRION_ACUTIDENS.jpgNegaprion acutidens WHAT TO LOOK FORA big, stocky shark with a broad, blunt snout, and both its dorsal fins are about the same size.   COLOR Yellowish.   SIZE When born, the ...
  • Shortfin Mako Shark shortfinmako.jpgIsurus oxyrinchus WHAT TO LOOK FORA streamlined shark with a conical snout, long caudal keel and large crescentic caudal fin. COLORMetallic blue to dark gray above; ...
  • Silky Shark silkyshark.jpgCarcharhinus falciformis WHAT TO LOOK FORA large slim oceanic shark with a moderately long rounded snout and an interdorsal ridge. COLORDark brown to bronze above, white ...
  • Silvertip Shark 18-SILVERTIP-SHARK-CARCHARHINUS_ALBIMARGINATUS_AND_IMMATURE.jpgCarcharhinus albimarginatus WHAT TO LOOK FORA large shark with striking white tips and trailing edges on all fins. COLOR Dark grey, and sometimes bronze-tinged above, white below. SIZEWhen born, ...
  • Smooth Hammerhead Shark 12-SMOOTH_HAMMERHEAD-SPHYRNA_ZYGAENA.jpgSphyrna zygaena WHAT TO LOOK FORA large hammerhead without a notch at the center of its curved head. COLOROlive-grey or dark grey-brown above, white below and the ...
  • Spinner Shark spinnershark.jpgSpinner Shark -Carcharhinus brevipinna WHAT TO LOOK FOR:SPINNER SHARK-Carcharhinus brevipinna A long and slender shark with a very pointed snout. The pectoral, anal and lower caudal fins ...
  • Spotted Wobbegong spottedwobbegong.jpgOrectolobus maculatus WHAT TO LOOK FOR:A squat-bodied shark with a large flattened head and fleshy beard. COLOR:A well-camouflaged shark. It is pale with a meshwork of ...
  • Tawny Nurse Shark 34-TAWNY-NURSE-SHARK-NEBRIUS_FERRUGINEUS.jpgNebrius ferrugineus WHAT TO LOOK FORThis shark has fairly long barbels, a tiny spiracle. Its large first dorsal fin’s base is over its pelvic fin bases. ...
  • Tiger Shark tigershark.jpgGaleocerdo cuvier WHAT TO LOOK FOR A large shark with an extremely wide, blunt snout and a caudal keel. COLOR Varies from brownish, olive, gray to black ...
  • Whale Shark 1-WHALE-SHARK-RHINCODON-TYPUS Rhincodon typus  WHAT TO LOOK FORA huge shark that looks like it was designed by Walt Disney. It has a broad, flat head, short snout, and ...
  • White Shark- Carcharodon carcharias Carcharodon carcharias   WHAT TO LOOK FOR A large shark with a heavy spindle-shaped body, conical snout, caudal keel and lunate caudal fin.    COLOR Slate brown to black ...
  • Whitespotted Bamboo Shark 51-WHITESPOTTED-BAMBOO-SHARK-CHILOSCYLLIUM_PLAGIOSUM_AND_JUVENILE.jpgChiloscyllum plagiosum WHAT TO LOOK FORA small shark with spots. Its dorsal fins are straight or convex rear margins, and its anal fin is set very ...
  • Zebra Shark 17-ZEBRA-SHARK-STEGOSTOMA_FASCIATUM_AND_IMMATURE.jpgStegostoma fasciatum WHAT TO LOOK FORA large, slender shark with a large broad tail as long as its body. Its body has very distinct ridges and ...