Salmon Shark


The Salmon Shark (Lamna ditropis) is a species⁤ of ⁣mackerel shark that ⁣is part‌ of ⁤the Lamnidae family. These creatures have​ captured the attention of both science and fishing ⁣enthusiasts due to⁤ their intriguing⁤ characteristics⁢ and behavior.

Conservation⁢ Status

The Salmon Shark is not currently considered⁣ a threatened species. Their conservation status, as ⁣classified by the ⁢ International Union for Conservation of Nature, ⁣is “Least Concern.”


Parameter Average Range
Length 2.5 m (8.2 ft) 2-3 m (6.6-9.8 ft)
Weight 200 kg (440 ⁤lb) 150-250 kg⁢ (330-550 lb)
Lifespan 20 years (approximate)


The⁢ Salmon⁢ Shark is‍ found mainly in the‌ North Pacific Ocean, ranging from the Sea ⁢of⁤ Japan to the Gulf⁣ of Alaska. They⁢ are known⁢ to migrate with changes ‍in‍ water temperature, season, and food sources.


These sharks are generally found in both offshore and inshore ‌waters. Their preferred depth range varies greatly, from shallow coastal areas to depths of over 500 meters. Typical ​water temperatures that they tolerate range‍ from 2-24°C.

When and Where to See

Salmon Sharks are most common in the northern Pacific during⁢ the summer months, with popular sighting ‍spots including Prince William⁣ Sound in Alaska. They mostly surface during the day, but‌ can switch to night‌ activity if prey is more available.

Best Fishing Locations

Top fishing⁢ locations for‍ Salmon Sharks include:

  1. Prince⁢ William Sound, Alaska
  2. Sitka, Alaska
  3. Icy Strait, Alaska
  4. Saint Paul Island, Alaska
  5. Kodiak Island, Alaska

Look for areas with cooler water temperatures ‍and high concentrations of fish, which are the‌ Salmon Shark’s⁤ primary food source.

How‍ to Catch

Salmon Sharks tend​ to feed on ⁤salmon ⁢and squid, so using these‍ as⁢ bait could be effective. ⁤Trolling⁢ is a⁢ common fishing technique, ⁣often with the use of a downrigger to reach⁢ the ‌preferred depths of these ⁤sharks.

Identification⁤ Guide

The Salmon ​Shark ⁣has‍ a ⁢dark​ blue​ to blackish upper⁤ body⁤ and a whitish belly. They⁢ have a short, conical snout and large gill slits. They are similar ⁣in physical⁣ characteristics to the Porbeagle Shark, though the Salmon Shark tends to have a darker upper body.


Although⁣ not⁣ commonly consumed, Salmon Shark meat is reportedly similar to swordfish and can be prepared in similar ways.‍

Additional Information

Salmon Sharks tend to be solitary hunters, feeding opportunistically⁣ on salmon and other fish species. ⁢Seals appear to be their main natural predators, while human fishing activities pose further threats. There’s no significant cultural or historical significance recorded about them.

References and Further Reading

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