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COMMON NAME:
Sandbar Shark

SPECIES NAME:
Carcharhinus plumbeus

DESCRIPTION:
Its body color can vary from a bluish to a brownish grey to a bronze, with a white or pale underside

HABITAT: 
Found in tropical to temperate waters worldwide; in the western Atlantic they range from Massachusetts to Brazil.

FUN FACT: 
Natural predators are the tiger sharks, and rarely great white sharks. The sandbar sharks prey on fish, rays, and crabs.

ON EXHIBIT: 
Shark Realm - Adventure Zone D

Sandbar Sharks

In our 550,000 gallon Shark Realm Exhibit and throughout our 40 foot shark tunnel, guests can see a number of different shark species, including Sandbar (also known as Brown) Sharks, one of the biggest coastal sharks in the world.  Its dorsal fin is triangular and very high. Sandbar sharks usually have heavy-set bodies and rounded snouts that are shorter than the average shark's snout. Their upper teeth have broadly uneven cusps with sharp edges. Its body color can vary from a bluish to a brownish grey to a bronze, with a white or pale underside. Sandbar sharks swim alone or gather in sex-segregated schools that vary in size.

The sandbar shark, true to its nickname, is commonly found over muddy or sandy bottoms in shallow coastal waters such as bays, estuaries, harbors, or the mouths of rivers, but it also swims in deeper waters. Sandbar sharks are found in tropical to temperate waters worldwide; in the western Atlantic they range from Massachusetts to Brazil. Juveniles are common to abundant in the lower Chesapeake Bay, and nursery grounds are found from Delaware Bay to South Carolina.

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