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the Shark Wrangler!
|Often mistaken for Blacktips,
this fast swimming species is quite impressive. They have a robustness and
appearance very similar to Blacktips in juvenile and adult stages. The differences
appear subtle. To find out more about identifying them from the Blacktip, click on
Their name is said to be given due to their leaping ability. They can leap higher than Blacktips. While the Blacktip might be a stauncher, tougher swimmer, the spinner has the greater speed. They may leap several feet out of the air when hooked or when chasing prey. Spinners have been observed leaping seven feet out above the water. After breaking the surface, they will spin like a ballet dancer before crashing again into the water.
Spinners feed on schooling fish as well as other sharks and elasmobranches. They are great challenges to fishermen on light tackle. While not credited with any attacks, their speed in attacking fish schools and closeness in color to Blacktips may make them part of the nicks received by surfers.
This species is unsuitable for captivity and should never be taken for display. They will perish in transport within minutes just like Blacktips.