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Bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas)
Biological Profile


bull shark
Bull shark
(Carcharhinus leucas)
illustration ©FAO courtesy Species Identification and Biodata



Distinguishing Characteristics
1. First dorsal large and triangular

2. First dorsal fin originates over or slightly behind pectoral insertion

3. Snout is much shorter than width of mouth and bluntly rounded

4. Eyes are small



bull shark
Bull shark
(Carcharhinus leucas)
Specimen
© Florida Museum of Natural History


bull shark
Bull shark
(Carcharhinus leucas)
Specimen
© Florida Museum of Natural History


bull shark
Bull shark
(Carcharhinus leucas)
Specimen
© George Burgess


bull shark
Bull shark
(Carcharhinus leucas)
Underwater
© Klaus Jost