Sand Tiger Shark

(Carcharias taurus)

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IUCN Conservation Status
Vulnerable (VU)


Warm, temperate waters close to shore


Size: 6.5-10.5 feet

Weight: 200-350 lbs.

Lifespan: 15 – 40 years. Varies on geographic location.


Small and large bony fish, crustaceans, stingrays and squid.


The sand tiger shark is a large, slow-moving shark notable for its menacing, needle-like teeth. Despite their scary appearance, sand tigers are relatively peaceful sharks. The sand tiger shark prefers to hunt close to shore, where groups have been observed hunting large schools of fish. It can adjust its buoyancy by gulping a mouthful of air and storing it in its stomach, making it one of the few large sharks that occasionally sit still on the bottom of the ocean.

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