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Sand Tiger Shark

Carcharias taurus

Average Size – 8 to 10ft

Sand Tiger Sharks, also known as Grey Nurse Sharks, have a flat, conical snout with spiked protruding teeth, similar to the shape of the Tiger Shark, though they are not closely related to the Tiger Shark or the Nurse Shark. They have small eyes and light brown skin.

Found worldwide in subtropical to warm temperate waters in coastal waters around shallow bays and coral and rocky reefs. They are also commonly found in Aquariums all around the world.

Bony Fish, Eel, Crab, Lobster, Squid, sometimes other smaller Sharks.

They are solitary but are sometimes found in groups for hunting and mating.

They are sluggish and not known to attack humans at all, leading to it being the most common aquarium shark in the world.

Also known as the Grey Nurse Shark or Ragged Tooth Shark, they are the only known shark to gulp air at the surface and hold it in its stomach to maintain neutral buoyancy.

They have one of the lowest reproduction rates of sharks because of intrauterine cannibalism, where developing embryos will be eaten by the largest until only one remains.

They are considered vulnerable by the IUCN.

More can be found here from Oceana!

Sand Tiger Shark Graphic
By Jeff Kubina from Columbia, Maryland - Shark, CC BY-SA 2.0,
Sand Tiger Shark gallery
Shark! by twenty20photos - Envato Elements
Wide angle, underwater view of sand tiger shark, carcharias taurus. by wollwerth - Envato Elements