Bull Shark Species Overview by Florida Fish & Wildlife FWC

Below is an overview of the Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) from the Florida Fish and Wlidlife Commission (FWC).

Bull Shark Appearance

  • Back is pale to dark gray, fading to a white belly
  • Snout bluntly rounded, much shorter than width of mouth
  • Large triangular first dorsal fin; begins over or just behind pectoral fin insertion
  • No interdorsal ridge

Similar Species: Lemon shark, N. brevirostris (first and second dorsal fins nearly equal in size); Caribbean reef shark, C. perezii (has interdorsal ridge); and sandbar shark, C. plumbeus (first dorsal fin starts before pectoral fin insertion)

Bull Shark’s Average Size: Up to 9 or 10 feet 

Bull Shark Habitats

Estuarine, nearshore and offshore waters 

Bull Shark Behavior

One of the few shark species that may inhabit freshwater, sometimes venturing hundreds of miles inland via coastal river systems; more aggressive than most shark species

Additional Information

Bull Shark Fishing Recreational Regulations

SOURCE: https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/saltwater/sharks/bull-shark/

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