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BLUE SHARK – Prionace glauca.
Identification:
The blue shark is a slender, elongate shark that may attain a length of 3.8 m. The body of the blue shark is counter-shaded, deep almost iridescent blue on the back with lighter sides and a white underbelly. The dorsal fin is relatively low and well behind the trailing edge of the pectoral fins, which are very long and slender. Blue sharks have a long and cone shaped snout and the eyes are large with a prominent white ring around the edge.

Biology: Blue sharks are viviparous, giving birth to anything between 4 and 135 pups per litter. Female blues mature at 5- 6 years and males at 4 to 5 years.

Behavior: Blue sharks are a pelagic species found throughout the worlds oceans, preferring the more temperate waters from 12 -21 °C .

Diving with blue sharks: Blue and mako sharks can be found offshore in almost all regions of South Africa. Divers prepared to adventure offshore can encounter pelagic shark species during the Summer months in the Cape Town area.

Blue and mako sharks may be found some 10-20Nm off Cape Point in the months from October to May   More on baited shark dives…

Shark Identification South Africa

What shark did we see?

When trying to identify any wild animals, colour is usually the least important feature. When it comes to identifying sharks try get a good look at the tail and any obvious markings – spots patterns and dark tips on the fins are always useful. Combine this with the size and location of fins and you should be getting pretty close to pinning down the family – if not the species -good luck!

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This text has been compiled from several different sources, personal observations and anecdotes. It is intended to serve as a popular guide only. While every effort has been made to keep the information accurate and updated, it should not be seen in any way as a scientific text or reference.

Copyright: Oceans Africa 2012       Original artwork: Graeme S. Grant