Alopias vulpinus (Bonnaterre, 1788)
|Usual Size||Believed to a size of 600cm|
|UK Record Weight||
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|