Image: Spinner Shark, Carcharhinus brevipinna

Spinner Shark, Carcharhinus brevipinna

Composite of 7 photos of a Spinner Shark jumping out of the water off Hutchinson Island, Florida, USA, 23 February 2010. The fish spun on it's axis about 2 1/2 times.

Mark Mohlmann
© Mark Mohlmann


The species occurs worldwide in tropical and warm temperate marine waters.  The spinning behaviour, which seems to be associated with feeding, has not been observed in Australian fish.


Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Edition 2. CSIRO. Pp. 644, Pl. 1-91.

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