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Copper Shark (CARCHARHINUS BRACHIURUS GUN)

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SHARK COPPER / CARCHARHINUS BRACHIURUS GUN
37 80 145.30 320.5 Portimao Portugal 050987 R. Streur
AT AT 145.30 320.5 Portimao Portugal 050987 R. Streur

The Copper Shark, carcharhinus brachiurus gun,

also known as the Bronze Whaler is approximately 60-70 cm in length at birth and ca grow to approximately 3.25m when adult and weighing upto 320 kg. It is bronze or olive grey on its dorsal surface and white on the ventral side. It has a pointed snout which makes identification easy.

The Bronze Whaler can be found in the waters surrounding all continents except the Antartica and is considered to be missing from the western Atlantic Ocean . It prefers coastal waters in tropical or temperate areas and is commonly found in depths down to 100 m.

The Bronze Whaler migrates north for the summer and south for the winter. It preys on bony fish (such as mullet, swordfish and sawfish), other sharks, rays and cephalopods. The yearly sardine run along the Natal Coast of South Africa is a particular favourite.

The Bronze Whaler is noted for the severity of its unprovoked attacks and regularly attacks in as little as 1.5 m of water. It is a particularly dangerous shark.

 
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