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Are sharks the oceans most misunderstood fish?

Sandbar Shark

Posted July 24, 2013. Photo courtesy of Sean Anderson/ABQ BioPark.

Sandbar sharks (Carcharhinus plumbeus) are one of the eight species of shark that live at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium. Growing up to 8 feet long, sandbar sharks call the shallow, sandy areas along Atlantic coastline home. They have been spotted as far north as Connecticut and as far south as the lower tip of Brazil.

The sandbar shark is often feared for its stealth, size and sharp teeth. However, like most sharks, these giant fish are generally docile. In fact, 99% of all shark attacks can be traced to 3 of the 460 known species of sharks. Most sharks have more to fear from humans than we have to fear from them.

While sharks have been swimming in Earth’s oceans for 400 million years, they are disappearing today. Finning, the act of hunting sharks to obtain their dorsal fins for use in ‘shark fin soup,’ is particularly problematic for these graceful predators.

Watch a video about the Aquarium’s sharks and stop by Shark Discovery Day at the Aquarium this Saturday to dive into the myths and mysteries around these ancient fish.

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