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Anyone Know What Type Of Shark This Is That We Caught Fishing?

Discussion in 'Shark Forum!' started by MicVicious, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. MicVicious

    MicVicious Garibaldi

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  2. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    You threw it back, right? Where did you catch it? The way it is being held doesn't well display some of the areas we use to help identify. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it is a juvenile reef shark. I'm going by what I can make out by some of the markings on its skin.
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2014
  3. vincent54

    vincent54 Solo Diver

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    I am thinking Sandbar Shark. But I'm from Michigan. Cute little fella. Cheers
     
  4. dreamdive

    dreamdive Rebreather Pilot

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    I certainly hope you guys did not kill it! Did you know that the world's shark population is severly diminished, as high as 80%?
     
  5. ReefGuy

    ReefGuy Instructor, Scuba

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    A few more details would help. A side view, or a close up of the jaw/teeth. Where and what depth it was caught at.
     
  6. MicVicious

    MicVicious Garibaldi

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    We absolutely DID NOT kill or harm this shark. It was released. It was about a mile off the coast of Cape May, NJ in the ocean. About 45 feet of water.
     
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  7. dreamdive

    dreamdive Rebreather Pilot

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    Thank you! Awesome :)
     
  8. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    NJ . . .OK, I take back my guess. :)
     
  9. Oldbear

    Oldbear Teaching Neutral Diving

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    It is definitely hard to tell without a good look at the fin arrangements and sizes. One possibility could be a juvenile silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis). While these sharks are more prevalent in warm waters New Jersey is near its upper distribution.

    Do you have any other pictures?

    I am glad the shark was returned alive. :)
     

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