Carcharhinus plumbeus (Sandbar shark)
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Carcharhinus plumbeus (Sandbar shark) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A stout grey-brown or bronzy shark with a
moderately long rounded snout, very large erect first dorsal fin,
high triangular saw-edged upper teeth, an interdorsal ridge, and no
prominent markings. Underside white.
To 2.4 m TL, most adults
East coast from Algoa Bay to Natal and Mozambique;
Coastal and offshore, from sandy
beaches and shallow bays down to 200 m.
Common off Natal
and northward, a summer visitor to the eastern Cape. Bears 1 to 14
young. Feeds mainly on bony fish, including kob, seabreams,
porcupine fish, ribbonfish, and eels, but also small sharks, squid,
octopi, cuttlefish, and shrimp.
Not dangerous. Often
taken in Natal shark nets and by anglers.