Massive shark, very high first dorsal fin, minute second dorsal and anal fins, blue-grey upper body with abrupt change to white on the under surface. Possesses a deservedly fearsome reputation as responsible for more human fatalities than any other shark. Animals smaller than 3 m in length feed mainly on fish, but at larger sizes marine mammals are important in the diet. Protected in all Australian waters.
Max Size: 792 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 10.2-20.5°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Open ocean, Rocky Reef, Seagrass
Threats: By-catch, Exploitation
IUCN Threat Status: Vulnerable
Occurrence: Widespread (100% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney