About This Fish

Bronze Whaler Shark


The bronze whaler shark (Carcharhinus brachyurus) is also known as a copper shark or narrow tooth shark. It belongs to Family Carcharhinidae under Carcharhiniformes of Class Elasmobranchii. The Bronze Whaler shark inhabits most parts of the world and is found in the waters around all continents except for the cold waters around Antarctica.



It has a slender and streamlined body with a slightly arched profile just behind the head. The upper part of the body is bronze and olive grey in color while the belly is white. It has a blunt and broad snout of moderate length. The round, moderately large eyes are present which are equipped with nictating membranes. The pectoral fin is large, pointed, and sickle-shaped. It has two dorsal fins, of which, the first dorsal fin is tall, with a pointed apex while the second dorsal fin is small and low which is located about opposite to the anal fin. The tips of the pelvic and pectoral fins are dusky or black and it has no inter dorsal ridge. The caudal fin has a well developed lower lobe and a deep ventral notch near the tip of the upper lobe. It is a very fast swimming predator which mainly feeds on cephalopods, including squid, cuttlefish and octopus, as well as fish. Young sharks also consume jellyfish and crustaceans including shrimps and prawns. Male reaches sexual maturity at the age of 13–19 years while female matures at the age of 19–20 years. Mating takes place from October to December and at this time, both sexes are migrated into offshore waters at higher latitudes. Birthing occurs from June to January with peak in October and November. It is a large species and can reach up to 3.25 meters in length and 250 kg in weight. The maximum lifespan of male and female are 30 years and 25 years respectively.


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New South Wales