Sand Sharks

Sand Sharks

About Sand Sharks

Sand sharks, also known as sand tiger sharks or ragged tooth sharks, are mackerel sharks of the family Odontaspididae. They are found worldwide in temperate and tropical waters. There are four species in two genera. Sand sharks have a large second dorsal fin. They grow up to 10 feet in adult length. The body tends to be brown in color with dark markings in the upper half. These markings disappear as they mature. Their needle-like teeth are highly adapted for impaling fish, their main prey. Their teeth are long, narrow, and very sharp with smooth edges, with one and on occasion two smaller cusplets on either side. Sand sharks only develop two embryos, one in each uterus. The pups eat unfertilized eggs in a process called oophagy before being born. The family contains four species, in two genera: