Sand Tiger Shark

Posted by Bruce (Tacoma, United States) on 23 June 2017 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

SAND TIGER SHARK (Carcharias taurus)

Habitat and Distribution: Found near rocky outcroppings in shallow inshore waters across most of the world’s oceans except for the eastern Pacific. They occasionally enter freshwater.

Size: 4-12 feet long; up to 350 pounds
Wild Diet: Small fish such as mackerel, menhaden, flounder, and sea trout; also skates, crabs, lobster and squid

Predators: Humans and large fish such as barracuda, sandbar sharks, great hammerhead sharks, king mackerel, and moray eels

Reproduction: Sand tiger sharks are ready to mate when they are about 6-7 feet long and tend to breed between November and February. They are ovoviviparous, meaning that eggs develop and hatch in the mother’s body and the young are born live. Sand tiger shark embryos gestate for 8-9 months and they are ovophagous, meaning that they eat other eggs in the uterus so that only embryo survives per uterus. Female sandtiger sharks have two uteruses, so they almost always have two pups, usually born in early spring near rocky coastal reefs. Pups are born fully developed but about half the size of their mother and they can immediately fend for themselves.

Behavior: Sand tiger sharks are sedentary, nocturnal and territorial, usually hovering around coral or rock crevices and sometimes seen near shipwrecks. When free swimming, they usually skirt along the outcroppings of coral reefs. They gulp air at the surface and hold it in their stomachs to help them float.

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Amazing portrait!

23 Jun 2017 8:46am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A fabulous portrait! I love the blue tone! Would not want to get near those teeth!

24 Jun 2017 2:29am

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24 Jun 2017 7:30am

Nikon D7100
1/60 second
F/8.0
ISO 6400
82 mm (35mm equiv.)

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