Shark Species

Shark Species Profiles and Information about Sharks

There are now more than 500 recognised shark species roaming our oceans and rivers today.

Quite often people think of sharks as large and predatory, but that’s not the full story. Some species of shark are only as long as your hand while the biggest can be almost 40 feet (12 meters) long.

The biggest species of shark, the whale shark, feeds on tiny plankton. One of the most unusual looking, the goblin shark, is pink-skinned.

You may have heard of the bull shark, the tiger shark and possibly even the megamouth shark. But have you ever heard of the spear-tooth shark or the spotted wobbegong?

Our Shark Profiles

We have compiled information on many sharks including the life expectancy, danger to man, scientific name, conservation status and more. These species of shark range from the Great White Shark to the Long Nose Saw Shark and more will be added over time.

The Blue Shark
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Species Profile: The Blue Shark

The blue shark is the most heavily fished shark in the world. It’s been hunted so much that it’s now listed as Near Threatened despite its high and fast birth rate. What are the major threats to this beautiful shark? Find out here.

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A Swell Shark
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Species Profile: The Swell Shark

The Swell Shark is a biofluorescent species that has developed an interesting strategy for escaping predators and other perceived threats. Here are the facts about this animal as well as a video of it glowing in the dark.

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The False Catshark In The Ocean
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Species Profile: The False Catshark

Find out about the False Catshark, so named for its cat-like eyes but clear differences from actual catsharks. This shark has a wide gape that makes it look like it’s actually smiling at you.

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Silky Shark
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Species Profile: The Silky Shark

The Silky Shark is a widely distributed but heavily fished shark known for following schools of tuna fish around. But this habit makes it prone to getting caught as bycatch. Read on to know more facts about this shark.

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Holotype of the Ninja Lanternshark
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Species Profile: The Ninja Lanternshark

When a new shark species was discovered off the Coast of Central America in 2015, it was quickly named Ninja Lanternshark for obvious reasons. This stealthy fish is pitch black, blends with the dark and glows too. There isn’t much detail about this shark just yet, but read on to learn what we do know so far.

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The Head Of The Goblin Shark
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Species Profile: The Goblin Shark

The Goblin shark is a rarely seen, deep-sea shark that was discovered at the end of the 19th century. Sometimes called a “living fossil”, it is the only existing member of the family Mitsukurinidae.

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Port Jackson shark
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Species Profile: The Port Jackson Shark

The Port Jackson shark is one of the shark species that don’t have to keep moving to breathe. Also, it has a unique method of getting rid of unwanted stomach contents: it just turns its stomach inside out and spits the object in question out of its mouth.

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A Bronze Whaler Shark In Auckland
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Species Profile: The Bronze Whaler Shark

The Bronze Whaler shark is a large and powerful shark that is hard to distinguish from other requiem sharks thereby making it a candidate for mistaken identity. It’s also known for attacking spear fishers for their catch.

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A Spinner Shark
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Species Profile: The Spinner Shark

As its name suggests, the Spinner Shark is known for the spectacular spinning leaps it makes. Unfortunately, it’s now threatened from many angles especially by commercial fisheries and sports fishermen.

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