Sandbar Shark


The Sandbar⁤ Shark, scientifically known as Carcharhinus plumbeus, is a member of the Carcharhinidae family. This marine species is well known for its high fineness and elongated,⁢ rounded snout.

Conservation Status

The Sandbar Shark is currently listed as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN⁣ Red List. Conservation efforts for the species include management measures such as fishing restrictions, bycatch reduction methods and protective zones.


Statistic Average Range
Length 1.5-2.5 m 1.2 – 3 m
Weight 45-100 ⁣kg 30 – 110 kg
Average Lifespan 35-40 years 30 – 45 years

Other ​notable stats: Sandbar sharks reproduce only once every two years, with a​ gestation period of around one year.


The Sandbar Shark is found in ⁤the Indo-Pacific region particularly around Taiwan, and the western Atlantic Ocean from ‌Massachusetts to Brazil. There is no known migration pattern for this species ⁢as they are largely‌ sedentary.


The Sandbar Shark ⁣is predominantly a ‌costal-pelagic species, found in subtropical waters. They occupy depth ranges ⁣of 20 – 280⁤ meters and prefer temperature ranges of 12 – 24°C.

When and Where to See

While Sandbar Sharks can be spotted year-round, their activity increases during warmer months. These species are generally more active during night time.

Best Fishing Locations

  • Gulf of Mexico, USA
  • Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
  • Western Atlantic, Massachusetts to Brazil
  • Indo-Pacific ⁣region, around Taiwan

General Tips: Sandbar sharks prefer ⁢warmer, coastal waters. Look for areas where there are shoals of small fishes as ⁣these are their primary food source.

How to Catch

Preferred bait or lures‍ include squids and small fishes like mackerel or herring. Fishing techniques such as bottom fishing‌ are commonly used. The best time to catch Sandbar Sharks are during warm months, particularly​ during night time.

Identification Guide

Sandbar sharks are recognized by their high fins, elongated, rounded snout and dusky-colored body.‌ They exhibit a bronze-grey color on top and a white underside. Their ⁢first dorsal fin is large and very pointed.

Culinary Information

Sandbar Shark meat is considered a delicacy in some cultures. The meat is often grilled, baked, or used⁢ in stews. It has a mild flavor with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Additional Information

Behavior: Sandbar sharks are nocturnal hunters, feeding primarily on small fishes, squids, and crustaceans. They host a viviparous reproduction mode, which means the mother gives birth to live young.

Predators: Young Sandbar Sharks fall​ prey to⁤ larger sharks while human fishing activities pose the‌ greatest⁤ threat to adults.

Cultural/ Historical Significance: In Hawaiian culture, sharks are considered to be gods of the sea, providing protection ‌for humans. In modern times, Sandbar Sharks have been⁢ the subject of many ⁣documentaries due to their vulnerable⁢ conservation status.

References and Further Reading

  • ‌ “The Biology ⁤and Ecology of the Sandbar Shark,” Eduardo Nunez, 2008. Link
  • “Shark Fisheries and the Decline of Sharks in the Northwest Atlantic,” Baum, et al., 2003. Link