SHARK SPECIES IN BC COASTAL WATERS

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Sharks Found In British Columbia Oceans

BASKING SHARK 

Image result for bc shark speciesThe basking shark is the second-largest living shark, after the whale shark, and one of three plankton-eating shark species, along with the whale shark and megamouth shark. Adults typically reach 6–8 m in length. They are usually greyish-brown, with mottled skin.

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The Big-Eye Thresher is a species of Thresher shark, family Alopiidae, found in temperate and tropical oceans worldwide. Like other Thresher sharks, nearly half its total length consists of the elongated upper lobe of the tail fin.

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BLUE SHARK

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The blue shark is a species of requiem shark, in the family Carcharhinidae, that inhabits deep waters in the world’s temperate and tropical oceans. Preferring cooler waters, blue sharks migrate long distances, such as from New England to South America. The species is listed as “near threatened” by the IUCN

Brown Catshark

The brown Catshark is commonly found in the Pacific Ocean, ranging from the northern Pacific waters off the coast of British Columbia and south to the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. They may live as far south as Ecuador and Peru.

SPINY DOGFISH

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Larger female Spiny Dogfish shark
 

The spiny dogfish, spurdog, mud shark, or piked dogfish is one of the best known species of the Squalidae family of sharks, which is part of the Squaliformes order. While these common names may apply to several species, Squalus acanthias is distinguished by having two spines and lacks an anal fin.

Did you knowSpiny dogfish skin is rough and covered by a tooth-like, scaled surface called dermal denticles.uri.edu

Great White Shark

The Great White Shark, also known as the “Great White”, white shark or white pointer, is a species of large mackerel shark which can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans.

Did you knowFound in cool, coastal waters throughout the world, there is no reliable data on the great white’s population. nationalgeographic.com

Greeneye Shark (Spurdog)

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The shortspine spurdog is a dogfish, a member of the family Squalidae, found around the world on continental shelves in temperate and subtropical oceans between latitudes 45°N and 55°S, from the surface to 950 m. Its length is up to 75 cm. 

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Scientific nameSqualus mitsukurii
RankSpecies

Salmon Shark

Salmon Shark

The Salmon Shark (Lamna ditropis) is a species of mackerel shark found in the northern Pacific ocean. As an apex predator, the salmon shark feeds on salmonsquidsablefish, and herring.[2] They are known for their ability to maintain stomach temperature (homeothermy),[3] which is unusual among fish. This shark has not been demonstrated to maintain a constant body temperature. The salmon shark is also known for an unexplained variability in the sex ratio between eastern and western populations in the northern Pacific.

Sevengill Shark

The broadnose sevengill shark is the only extant member of the genus Notorynchus, in the family Hexanchidae. It is recognizable because of its seven gill slits, while most shark species have five gill slits, with the exception of the members of the order Hexanchiformes and the sixgill sawshark.

 

Shortfin Mako Shark

The shortfin mako shark, also known as the blue pointer or bonito shark, is a large mackerel shark. It is commonly referred to as the mako shark, as is the longfin mako shark. The shortfin mako is on record as the fastest-swimming shark, capable of bursts of speed up to 18.8 metres per second.

Sixgill Shark 

 The bluntnose sixgill shark, often simply called the cow shark, is the largest hexanchoid shark, growing to 26 ft in length. It is found in tropical and temperate waters worldwide and its diet is widely varied by region. Wikipedia

Pacific sleeper shark

Pacific Sleeper Shark

The Pacific sleeper shark is a sleeper shark of the family Somniosidae, found in the North Pacific on continental shelves and slopes in Arctic and temperate waters between latitudes 70°N and 22°N, from the surface to 2,000 metres deep. Records from southern oceans are likely misidentifications of relatives. Wikipedia

Tope (soupfin) Shark

The school shark is a houndshark of the family Triakidae, and the only member of the genus Galeorhinus. Common names also include tope shark, snapper shark, and soupfin shark. It is found worldwide in temperate seas at depths down to about 800 m. It can grow to nearly 2 m long.Wikipedia

Conservation statusVulnerable (Population decreasing) Encyclopedia of Life
Mass25 kg (Adult) Encyclopedia of Life
Scientific nameGaleorhinus galeus
PhylumChordata
Did you knowIn 2010, Greenpeace International added the school shark to its seafood red list. wikipedia.org

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