Fish Species

Sandbar Shark

Sandbar Shark

Appearance:

■Snout broadly rounded and short
■First dorsal fin triangular and very high
■Poorly developed dermal ridge between dorsal fins
■Brown or gray in color with white underside
■Upper and lower teeth finely serrated

Habitat:
Sandbar sharks are a nearshore fish typically found at depths ranging from 60 to 200 feet.

Behavior:
These sharks are both predators and scavengers. Feeding occurs chiefly near the bottom on fish and shellfish. Sandbar sharks migrate long distances and they mature at about 6 feet in length.

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

Fishing Tips and Facts:

Additional Information:
Sandbar sharks are similar in appearance to the dusky shark, Carcharhinus obscurus; and the bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas.

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