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|Sand Tiger Shark|
A large shark, the sand tiger shark reaches an average size from six to nine feet in length and up to 300 pounds.
These sharks have a wide distribution and can be found in subtropical and warm temperate waters around the world (with the exception of the eastern Pacific Ocean). This includes the western Atlantic from the Gulf of Maine to Florida.
Found anywhere from shallow bays to coral reefs, these sharks can be found in coastal regions around the world (with the exception of the eastern Pacific Ocean).
These sharks primarily eat fish but will also feed on smaller sharks, rays, squid, crabs, lobsters, and squid.
Although young sand tiger sharks can fall prey to larger shark species, adults of these species have no major predators.
The gestation length is anywhere between 9 to 12 months and these sharks are ovoviviparous (eggs hatch within the body so young are born alive). Sand tiger sharks will give birth once every two years to two pups approximately 3 feet in length. The reason for the small litter size is that the largest embryo in each uterine horn will eat smaller developing embryos and eggs. This is called uterine cannibalism.
Scientific Name: Carcharias taurus
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