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Bronze whaler shark

Scientific name: Carcharhinus brachyurus
This shark gets its name from its color. Also known as a copper shark, it is slender, with dark grey to metallic bronze coloring and a lighter underside. It has a broad, bluntly pointed snout, a long tail lobe and long, darker pectoral fins. Its teeth are small, flat, triangular blades. This shark is a poBronze whaler sharkswerful fighter and will also jump clear out of water at times.

Bronze whaler sharks prefer temperate and subtropical seas, from inshore to the continental shelf edge, at depths of up to 100m (330ft). They are found worldwide.

These are mostly bottom feeders, preying on small sharks, rays, bony fish etc. they are often found inshore when feeding on school of fish, frequently within surf zone. They are sometimes implicated in attack on bathers.

This shark is not considered to be threatened. It is viviparous, giving birth to live young, they bear around 16 pups, measuring around 60cm at birth.

Statistics: This shark grows to 2.3-3m (7-10ft) and weighs 250-350kg (500-780lb)

Bronze whaler shark Classification:
  • Kingdom Animalia (animals)
  • Phylum Chordata
  • Subphylum Vertebrata (vertebrates)
  • Class Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fish)
  • Subclass Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays)
  • Order Carcharhiniformes


Shark Info Sheet
Basking shark
Blue shark
Bronze whaler shark
Bull sharks
Dogfish shark
Dusky shark
Great hammerhead
Great White shark
Grey Reef Shark
Horn shark
Leopard shark
Oceanic whitetip
Salmon shark
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Sleeper shark
Tiger shark
Whale shark
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