BULL SHARK

Carcharhinus leucas

SIZE

To about 11.5 ft (3.5 m).

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

DISTRIBUTION

NY to Brazil, including Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Rare north of DE.

HABITAT

Primarily shallow coastal water; common in lagoons, bays, river mouths; often enters far into fresh water.

SIMILAR SPECIES

Sandbar shark, dusky shark, and bignose shark have interdorsal ridges; do not occur in fresh water. Sandbar shark and blacktip shark have first dorsal fins that are erect, not rearward sloping. Blacktip shark has black-tipped fins; does not occur in fresh water.

MORE INFORMATION

Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
Text descriptions taken from Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

Henry Mollet's Elasmobranch Research

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(File Modified Sep. 13 2011)