Carcharhinus Plumbeus



Continental Shelves, Oceanic Banks

143 - 260 pounds

20" - 71"

Sandbar Shark

Also Known As: Brown Shark, Shark  

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Sandbar Shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus) Fish Description

A Sandbar Shark is a member of the requiem sharks and known for its tall dorsal fins. They also have an interdorsal ridge which other sharks don’t have. Sandbar Sharks are considered one of the biggest coastal sharks in the world. They’re also cousins with the Bull Sharks, Bignose Sharks, and, the Dusky Sharks. Sandbar Sharks are also known for their brown or gray color with a white underbelly.

Another thing that sets them apart from other sharks is their bodies being quite heavy. They also have shorter snouts than a regular shark. Their upper teeth have broad but uneven, sharp cusps. Their second dorsal fin – the one near its deeply forked tail fin – is almost the same height as its anal fin.


Diet and Size

Sandbar Sharks eat a variety of fish, rays, and crabs. They eat bony fishes, eels, skates, and dogfish. They also eat octopuses, squids, and shrimps. 

Sandbar Sharks are sexually dysmorphic in terms of size. Females can grow up to 6.6 to 8.2ft whereas males can grow up to 5.9ft. 


Interesting Facts

  • Sandbar Sharks are not dangerous to humans.
  • Sandbar Sharks reproduce every 2 to 3 years.
  • These sharks gained their name due to their habitat of choice: sandy flats, bays, and estuaries.
  • Sandbar Sharks are often preyed upon by other sharks such as Tiger Sharks. Rarely, even Great White Sharks.
  • These Sandbar Sharks can live up to 35-41 years.


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