THRESHER SHARK

Alopias vulpinus (Bonnaterre, 1788)

 

Usual Size Believed to a size of 600cm
UK Record Weight

BOAT 323lb


SHORE - Vacant 40lb Qualifying Weight

Identification Upper body dark brown to grey with a paler to white underside.

The elongated tail is equivalent in length to to the main body of the Shark.
Habitat An offshore species occasionally coastal, which can be found in the surface layers down to 400m.
Range To be found in cold temperate waters and tropical waters. For the UK from the south Cornish Coast to Isle of Wight, and occasionally off oceanic coasts of Scotland.
Food Schooling fish like Mackerel, Herring and Garfish as well as Squid.
Reproduction Aplacentally Viviparous (live bearing) Litter size varying between 2/6 pups
Additional Notes Weight potential to excess of 1000lbs.
References A Field Guide to The Sharks of British Coastal Waters - Vas 1991 FAO Species Catalogue 4 - Sharks of The World - Compagno Fishes of the North-Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean - Whitehead, Bauchot, Hureau, Nielsen, Tortonese Key to the Fishes of Northern Europe - Wheeler

 

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