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Bronze Whaler Shark
Scientific Name:
Carcharhinus brachyurus
Family Name:
250cm - 360cm
180Kg - 350Kg
Dark metallic bronze above, becoming brighter on the sides
bony fish, small sharks, skates and squid.
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Bronze Whaler Shark

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Bronze Whaler Shark Description
  The name bronze whaler is mistakenly used to identify many different species of tropical whaler sharks. In Australia the Bronze Whaler is a single species found only in cool southern waters, from Coffs Harbour, around the southern States, to Jurien Bay in Western Australia.

The brown to grey body colour of the Bronze Whaler Shark (Carcharhinus brachyurus) has an obvious bronze sheen. Many other species of sharks may also display a bronze glow, especially in bright sunlight. The flanks have a pale blaze from below the dorsal fin to the tail. The margins or tips of the fins may be dusky but they are never black or obviously patterned. The upper teeth have a distinct outwardly hooked shape. Adults grow to 300 cm from a size of 60 cm at birth.

Bronze Whalers are often seen close inshore feeding on schooling fish, such as salmon, frequently within the surf zone. They are also found around offshore islands over deep water where they prey on squid as well as pelagic and bottom-dwelling fish

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