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Leopard Shark Triakis semifasciata

Leopard Shark Description

Grayish with bronze tinge above, white below. Broad black bars, saddles, and spots on back and side. Short, bluntly rounded snout. Anal fin much larger than second dorsal fin. Terminal lobe of caudal fin long, but less than half the length of upper lobe.

Size

Males to 1.5 m. (5 ft.) Females to 2.1 m. (7 ft.).

Range/Habitat

Oregon to Baja and northern Gulf of California.

Depth

Usually less than 2 fm. but up to 50 fm.

Credits

Picture: NowPublic.com; Text: Peterson Field Guide to Pacific Coast Fishes

Pacific Angel Shark Triakis semifasciata

Pacific Angel Shark Description

Body flattened with large pectoral fins expanded laterally and separated from the head by a deep notch. The notches, behind and on each side of the head, contain gill openings. The two dorsal fins are located far back on the body and near the caudal fin (tail). The head is blunt with a wide terminal mouth. Nostrils and barbels are found at the front part of the head. Grayish brown above with dark spots on back. White below.

Size

to 1.5 m (5 ft.)

Range/Habitat

SE Alaska to Chile and Gulf of California, but uncommon north of CA. Near reefs over sand or mud.

Depth

30 - 340 fm.

Remarks

10 - 600 ft. but usually inside 300 feet off California.

Credits

Picture: Bill Barss, ODFW; Texts Love, Probably more than you want to know about the fishers of the Pacific coast. And Peterson Field Guide to Pacific Coast Fishes.

Salmon Shark Lamna ditropis

Salmon Shark Description

Stout, with bluntly conical snout. Secondary keel below rear of main caudal keel. First dorsal fin begins far forward. Second dorsal fin small, above anal fin. Dark bluish gray, gray-black, or mottled gray above; white below.

Size

To 3 m. (10 ft.).

Range/Habitat

Japan to Bering Sea; Gulf of Alaska to central Baja.

Depth

Epipelagic, can be found just off shore.

Other common names

Mackeral Shark

Credits

Picture: Bill Barss, ODFW.
Text: Peterson Field Guide to Pacific Coast Fishes

Soupfin Shark Galeorhinus galeus

Soupfin Shark Description

Snout long, pointed. Eye oval. 2nd dorsal fin nearly over anal fin and about same size. Mouth (seen from bottom) broadly arched. labial groove long but does not extend to front of mouth. Terminal lobe of caudal fin extremely large, about 1/2 the length of upper lobe. Teeth triangular, sharp-edged, with susplets. Bluish to dusky gray above; white below. Young under 2ft. (61 cm) have striking white edge on pectoral fin; both dorsal fins black-tipped, with a white spot; caudal fin black-tipped.

Size

Males to 1.8 m( 6 feet), 60 lb; females to 2 m (6.5 feet), 100 lb.

Range/Habitat

Temperate waters, nearly worldwide; northern B.C. to central Baja; also Peru and Chile.

Depth

Offshore, also coastal and in bays; muddy shallows and to 225 fm. Females usually at less than 30 fm., males deeper.

Remarks

Schooling, abundant, wide-ranging.

Credits

Picture: Bill Barss, ODFW
Text: Peterson Field Guide to Pacific Coast Fishes, 1983.

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