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Blue Shark
Prionace glauca

If you have more questions about this species or any other species of shark, ask the Shark Wrangler!
He has handled live sharks of every species on this site except blues and makos.

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Blue sharks were one of the first species popularized by media.  You have seen footage of their feeding habits, and experiments with their attack styles and equipment testing.  This was due to their availability and schooling nature.

Blues may hunt in packs and are best known for their display of the "feeding frenzy", where packs become so excited in their feeding that they lash out all around them in order to catch evading prey.  In such a frenzy other sharks may be bitten or even become food.  This vision has been the second most powerful one (after a white shark attack) to plague the minds of humans.

Despite this image and the fact that Blues have attacked humans in the past, these sharks are beautiful and powerful predators.  Their preferred prey is not man.  They have a torpedo like appearance with a long sharply pointed snout.   This fact leads to their small jaw size.  Their hooked teeth make great use of both cutting and grabbing, as exhibited in their feeding on squid.  They may grow upwards of 12 feet.  Some speculate that they may grow to 20 feet.  They have the longest pectoral fins of any species(a defining characteristic).  Their color, especially notable on these fins, is a rich royal blue in some which is magnificent as a natural color.  Also, aiding in their camouflage.

This species is not necessarily targeted but is caught by commercial fishing operations.  One was even caught in the warm waters off South Carolina by local angler Steve Poston.  It was probably thrown off course by a storm.

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from 10 foot shark

Jaws description

Note the almost triangular shape in mounting.   Teeth are curled more notably than tigers and are taller.  The bone tends to dry thin.  But tooth shape is the definitive identifying mark!