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Copper shark

Posted on: April 22, 2010

Above the Copper shark

1. The copper shark is a large shark of the Carcharhinidae family.

2. The Copper shark is found in subtropical seas and oceans worldwide, except the eastern coast of North America and the northern Indian Ocean.

3. They grow up to a length of 3.5 metres (11 ft) and they can weigh up to 300 kilograms (660 lb).

4. The copper shark has a blunt broad snout and a narrow bent cusps on the upper teeth and no interdorsal ridge. They are gray to bronze in colour on the back and white below. The fins are similarly coloured except the pelvic fins which have dusky tips and the pectoral fins which have dusky to black tips.

5. The copper shark is a viviparous which mean that female will deliver between seven and twenty live pups.

6. Male copper shark live up to thirty years and females for up to twenty five.

7. Copper sharks are often seen close inshore feeding on school of fish such as salmon, frequently within the surf zone but they are also found around offshore islands near deep water where they prey on squid as well as pelagic and bottom-dwelling fish.

8. The copper shark can be dangerous to spearfishers with recently speared fish and also towards surfers as its prey is often found in the surf.

9. The copper shark is a large and potentially aggressive shark that has attacked people. It is often confused with the dusky shark.

All of this info is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronze_whaler_shark

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