Did you know that there’s a Sandbar shark? No, not the one we used to have at the bar, I’ll have a story about him in a few days. There’s actually a shark that’s referred to as a sandbar shark.
Apparently, this shark is one of the biggest coastal sharks in the world. It’s also called a brown shark or thickskin shark, and is closely related to the bull shark among others. They have short, heavy-set bodies and rounded snouts, and their upper teeth have uneven cusps and sharp edges. Females grow to 7 or 8 feet, while the males only grow to about 6 feet. Their coloring varies from bluish to brownish gray to bronze, with a pale underside.
These sharks are commonly found, where else, over muddy or sandy bottoms in shallow coastal waters, like bays and harbors. They’re found in tropical to temperate waters, and in the Atlantic they range from Massachusetts to Brazil. One of the most important "nursery grounds" for young sandbar sharks is the lower Chesapeake Bay.
Sandbar sharks may swim alone or gather in schools segregated by sex. They are most active at night (just like our Sandbar people!), at dawn, or at dusk.
Who knew? We could have had a sandbar shark in our tank.
Thanks to Pat for providing the link to this information, which was found on Wikipedia. So take it with a grain of salt (and a margarita).