General Description

Body slender, streamlined, with two widely-spaced dorsal fins, the first much larger than the second. Tail with a long, broad, distinctly-notched upper lobe. Teeth with coarsely serrated outer margins. Uniformly slate grey to bronze above, paler below. To 2 m.


These free swimming sharks are ovoviviparous, meaning that the young are born shortly after hatching from eggs that develop inside the mother's uterus. Juveniles are occasionally found in coastal bays and estuaries, whereas adult School Sharks rarely enter bays. The School Shark is the most important commercial species in the southern Australian flake fishery. It is migratory and can live to more than 40 years. Although harmless, the sharp teeth could cause a nasty wound.


Southern Australia.


In bays, along the coast and in offshore waters, to a depth of 500 m.

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