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Sandbar shark

Carcharhinus plumbeus

Range: Sandbar sharks can be found in subtropical waters such as the western Atlantic Ocean, south and west Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, and Cuba.

Habitat: Sandbar sharks are found in inshore and offshore waters and spend most of their time in water 20 to 65 meters deep.

Size: On average, females weigh around 68 kilograms and males weigh around 50 kilograms. Some Sandbar sharks can grow up to 90 kilograms and seven and a half feet long.

Diet: Sandbar sharks are opportunistic bottom feeders that have a diet consisting of bony fishes, smaller sharks, stingrays, cephalopods, gastropods, crabs, and shrimp.

Conservation Connection: Sandbar sharks are known to be vulnerable to threats such as hunting and overfishing due to their slow maturity and low reproductive rates. In order to prevent this, a management plan was implemented in US waters in 1993.

Did You Know? Unlike some sharks, Sandbar sharks bear live young with the gestation period lasting 12 months.

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