Though their size may be intimidating, sandbar sharks are considered one of the safest sharks to swim with, due to their preferences for small prey, including octopus, shrimp, rays, and mollusks.
Coloration is brown gray or bronze with a lighter underbelly
Dorsal fin is high and triangular
Pectoral fins are very long
Upper teeth have broadly uneven cusps with sharp edges
Humans are the primary predator of adult sandbar sharks. Due to their high fin-to-body ratio, sandbar sharks are a favorite of the shark fisheries. Unfortunately, this fishery is having a detrimental impact on all shark species. An estimated 100 million sharks are caught each year with a large percentage of that for shark fins.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the sandbar shark population as Vulnerable due to the high vulnerability of this species to depletion and significant declines to the population. Vulnerable populations meet one of the five criteria and as a result are considered to be at high risk of human-caused extinction without human intervention.
70 to 98 inches (180 to 250 centimeters)
Bony fish and occasionally sharks, cephalopods, shrimps, rays, and gastropods
Southern Massachusetts, USA to Argentina, also Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, Cuba and south and west Caribbean