Latin name

Carcharias taurus

Other names

Sand Tiger shark


It has a grayish-brown or tan coloration, with dark brown spots on the sides that increase toward the tail. It resembles a tiger shark; it has a larger second dorsal fin, a longer muzzle, and strongly protruding teeth.


Usually, caught accidentally by surf casters catching other fish, they are sluggish and offer no resistance when hooked. In the western Atlantic, they are found from the Gulf of Maine to Argentina.


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Grows up to 9 feet.

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Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Squad Lamniformes
Family Odontaspididae
Genus Carcharias
Species C. taurus
Conservation status Critically Endangered
Habitat Littoral
Life span, years No information
Maximum body weight, kg 159
Maximum length, cm 320
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Edible
Way of eating Predator

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Shark, Sand Tiger

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