Apex Predators Program
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NEFSC Apex Predators Program
SAND TIGER SHARK
To about 10.5 ft (3.2 m).
- First dorsal fin far back on body, closer to pelvic fins than pectoral fins
- First and second dorsal and anal fins nearly equal in size
- Snout flattened, with long mouth extending behind eyes
- Color gray to light brown above, grayish-white below; often with brownish spots scattered on body; yellowish-brown spots on juveniles
- Teeth large, needlelike, protruding from mouth, with 1-2 small cusplets
- No interdorsal ridge
Gulf of Maine to Florida, including Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, and Bermuda.
Coastal; surf zone and shallow bays to outer shelves; generally bottom dwelling.
Text descriptions taken from:
Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes
of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico