Whaler Shark including bull shark, spinner shark, dusky, blacktip, and bronze whalers (Carcharhinus spp)
Distribution: The distribution of these sharks is species specific, but whaler sharks are found throughout NSW waters from the upper reaches of estuarine rivers to offshore areas.
Size: These sharks have a maximum size of 2.5 to 4m in length depending on the species.
Characteristics: Whaler sharks have 5 gills slits, a first dorsal fin much larger than the second, the second aligning with the anal fin. These sharks are grey to dusky bronze dorsally that fades to lighter ventrally. Fins of this species often have dusky or dark markings on their tips.
Confusing species: Many other sharks.