Animal Update: Blacknose Shark

A blacknose shark was added to our Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit!

Published July 11, 2018

The blacknose shark earns its name from the black or dusky splotch that appears at the tip of its long, rounded snout. Blacknose sharks are smaller and more slender than many other sharks, with an average length of about 4 feet.

Blacknose shark

This elasmobranch is known as a quick swimmer and voracious predator, but sometimes can fall as prey to other larger sharks. When threatened, the blacknose shark is known to hunch its back, lower its tail and raise its head to ward off predators.

Listed as near threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the blacknose shark is found in warm waters of the western Atlantic Ocean, from North Carolina to the southern coast of Brazil. Adults are typically found at depths of over 30 feet, while juveniles tend to stay in shallow water.

The blacknose shark is the largest shark currently in Atlantic Coral Reef, joined by one small bonnethead shark.

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