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Carcharias taurus

Sand Tiger Sharks

Size

Between 6.5 and 10.5ft and 200-300lbs, with females being larger

Diet

Large bony fish, sting rays, squids, crustaceans

Habitat

Shallow coastlines reaching depths of 15 - 25m. Found in both tropical and temperate waters.

Range

Can be found globally along many shallow coastlines

Conservation Status

Lc

Least Concern

Nt

Near Threatened

Vu

Vulnerable

En

Endangered

Cr

Critical

Lw

Extinct in Wild

Ex

Extinct

Sand tiger sharks gulp air at the water’s surface to help them regulate their buoyancy and swimming depth.

They have one of the lowest reproduction rates of all sharks.

Sand tiger sharks go by a variety of names around the world; including ragged tooth shark, grey nurse shark and slender tooth shark (just to name a few). They have a unique behavior to maintain neutral buoyancy, which helps them hunt quietly and motionless. By gulping air at the surface and holding it in its stomach, the shark can float at any point in the water column they choose.

A large shark, the sand tiger shark reaches an average size from 6 to 9 feet in length and up to 300 pounds.  Sand tiger sharks are easily recognizable by their numerous protruding teeth and large, notched upper lobe of the tail. The young sharks at Mystic Aquarium will have dark spots throughout their brown or grey body but these spots will fade as they mature.

Size

A large shark, the sand tiger shark reaches an average size from six to nine feet in length and up to
300 pounds.

Prey

These sharks primarily eat fish but will also feed on smaller sharks, rays, crabs, lobsters, and
squid.

Threats in the wild

Causes of concern for the sand tiger shark include: Fishing for fishmeal, liver oil, and fins,
accidental catching (bycatch) Low reproductive rate and limited ability to increase population quickly
affect the population’s ability to rebound.