To about 12 ft (3.7 m).
- First dorsal fin sloping, originating over or slightly before free tips of pectoral fins
- Second dorsal fin with free tip length rarely more than twice fin height
- Color gray or bluish-gray above, white below
- Interdorsal ridge
Cape Cod, MA, and Georges Back to FL, including Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.
Continental waters inshore to outer continental shelf and adjacent oceanic waters.
Sandbar shark, and bignose shark have higher first dorsal fins originating farther forward. Sandbar shark, most difficult to distinguish, attains smaller maximum size. Bignose shark has longer snout. Silky shark has second dorsal fin with free tip length usually more than twice fin height. Night shark has green eyes. Bull shark and Spinner shark lack interdorsal ridges.
Text descriptions taken from:
Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes
of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico