School Shark Galeorhinus galeus

School shark
School shark
Distribution: An active coastal pelagic species of temperate continental waters that is found from the surf line to well offshore. They are found in southern NSW but more commonly from eastern Bass Strait through to South Australia.

Size: These sharks may reach 175cm in Australian waters.

Characteristics: A slender, long-nosed houndshark with large, horizontally oval eyes and an arched mouth. The teeth are bladelike in both jaws and the second dorsal fin is much smaller than the first, similar to the anal fin.

Confusing species: May be confused with other houndshark species e.g. gummy shark but this species has white spots on the body.