Animal Species:Sandbar Shark, Carcharhinus plumbeus (Nardo, 1827)
The Sandbar Shark has a tall first dorsal fin.
Standard Common Name
Northern Whaler Shark, Sand Shark, Thickskin Shark
The species is grey to brownish above and pale below. There may be a pale stripe along the side of the body. The caudal and anal fins sometimes have pale tips. The pale tips are visible on some of the fish in the above video that was filmed at a depth of 51 m, off the coast of Carnarvon, Western Australia. The footage was captured with a pelagic baited remote underwater stereo-video system. Thank you to Julia Santana Garcon, Marine Ecology Group University of Western Australia.
It grows to about 2.4 m in length.
The Sandbar Shark has a patchy worldwide distribution in tropical and warm temperate marine waters.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
The species occurs from the intertidal to depths of at least 280 m.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Edition 2. CSIRO. Pp. 644, Pl. 1-91.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology