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Bignose shark

The Bignose shark, Carcharhinus altimus, is a requiem shark of the family Carcharhinidae, found circumglobally between latitudes 40° N and 34° S, at depths of between 82.02 and 1640.42 ft (25 and 500 m). Its length is up to about 9.84 ft (3 m).

The Bignose shark is a heavily-bodied, cylindrical shark with a large, long and broad snout, long nasal flaps and high, triangular, saw-edged upper teeth. The interdorsal ridge is high and prominent, and the pectoral and dorsal fins are large and straight.

Coloration is grayish with no conspicuous markings, and white below, with the inner corners of the pectoral fins blackish.

It is found near the edge of the continental and insular shelves and uppermost slopes and is rare in shallow waters. It feeds on bony fishes, other sharks, stingrays, and cuttlefish. It is viviparous. Its flesh is utilized for fishmeal, liver oil, and shagreen.

Bignose shark


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