Gulper Shark

Centrophorus 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, and its first dorsal fin is quite short and high, with the second being almost as high with a spine base over its inner pelvic fin margins. There is a shallow notch in the postventral caudal fin margin of adults, and the lower lobe is moderately long. COLOR Dark grey or grey-brown on top, and lighter below with … [Read more...]

Bull Shark

Carcharhinus 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 of young sharks are often dusky. Sometimes a bull shark's back appears grazed, but these areas are actually bald patches caused by fluke infections that result in loss of dermal denticles from the skin. SIZEMales mature at 5.1 to 7.4 ft [1.57 to 2.26 m], and reach at least 9.8 ft [2.9 m]. Females mature at 5.9 to 7.5 ft [1.8 to … [Read more...]

Bahamas Sawshark

Pristiophorus 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 beneath the rostrum. They are found only on continental and insular shelves of the northwest and southeast Atlantic, west Indian and west Pacific Ocean, in shallow water in temperate regions, deeper in the tropics. These sharks are ovoviviparous (aplacental viviparous) with litters averaging 7 to17 pups. Sawsharks are often … [Read more...]

Great Lanternshark

Etmopterus 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 cm] long. Their maximum length is 2.5 ft [75 cm]. HABITAT These sharks frequent the continental slopes, on or near the bottom from 1148.3 to7260.5 ft [350 to 2213 m] deep. On the north Atlantic lower rise, they are found from 12303.1 to 14763.8 ft [3750-4500 m]. DISTRIBUTION Northwest Atlantic from … [Read more...]

Pygmy Shark

Euprotomicrus 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 bulbous snout, large eyes, and luminous organs on the underside of its body. Its gill slits are tiny and it has low lateral keels on its caudal peduncle. The shark has a tiny flaglike first dorsal fin which is a quarter of the length of their second dorsal fin. Its caudal fin is nearly symmetrical and paddle-shaped,   COLOR Black top and … [Read more...]

Lemon Shark

Negaprion 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 below. SIZE:Males mature at about 7.3 ft [2.24 m] and reach at least 9.15 ft [2.79 m]. Females mature around 7.8 ft [2.39 m] and reach at least 9.3 ft [2.85 m]. TEETHTeeth in upper jaw have narrow triangular smooth-edged cusps and broad finely-serrated bases. Lower jaw teeth have narrow erect smooth-edged … [Read more...]

Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Carcharhinus 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 pectoral fins. COLORGray bronze above, white below. White mottling on dorsal and pectoral fins. SIZEMost specimens are 6.5 ft [2 m] or less, but a few individuals may reach a total length of 11.5 to 12.9 ft [3.5 to 3.95 m]. Males mature at 5.7 to 6.5 ft [1.75 to 1.98 m] and reach at least 8 ft [2.45 m]. Females mature at 5.9 to … [Read more...]

Cookiecutter Shark

Isistius 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 back, and it has a large, nearly symmetrical paddle-shaped caudal fin with a long ventral lobe. COLOR Medium grey or grey-brown with light-edged fins and a prominent dark collar mark around its throat. Luminous organs cover its lower surface except for the fins and collar, which glow bright green. SIZE Males mature at a length of 1 … [Read more...]

Dusky Shark

Carcharhinus 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. COLORGray to bluish gray above, white below SIZE:Males mature at about 9.1 ft [2.8 m], and reach at least 11.15 ft [3.4 m]. Females mature betwen 8.4 and 9.8 ft [2.57 and 3 m] and reach at least 11.9 ft [3.65 m]. TEETHBroad serrated teeth in upper jaw, narrow serrated teeth in lower jaw. HABITATThe shark is found on continental and insular … [Read more...]

Blacktip Shark

Carcharhinus 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 above, white below. Dorsal fins, pectoral fins, and lower lobe of caudal fin have black tips. A pale band extends along its flank from the region of its pectoral fin to its pelvic fin. SIZE:Males mature at 5.9 ft [1.8 m], females mature at 6 ft [1.83 m]. The largest shark caught was an 8.1 ft [2.47 m] female. TEETH:Erect … [Read more...]