This is a continuation of our What Sharks are in the South Carolina Waters Series. This blog is about Spinner Sharks. If you haven’t been shark fishing, you are in for an exciting fishing adventure.
The other sharks highlighted in this series are:
The Spinner Shark is a slender, gray-bronze shark which is often mistaken for a blacktip shark, although the spinner is usually larger and has a black tip on its anal fin.
It gets its name from how it feeds, swimming quickly through schools of fish, spinning along its axis, and snapping at fish in all directions.
The spinner shark’s name is derived from its habit of leaping out of the water and spinning while in the air (other shark species are known to jump as well).
The spinner shark resembles a larger version of the blacktip shark, with a slender body, long snout, and black-marked fins. The spinner shark can be distinguished from the blacktip shark by the first dorsal fin, which has a different shape and is placed further back and by the black tip on the anal fin in adults only. They have no inter-dorsal ridge.
They grow to a maximum length of about 10 feet.
They can be found in coastal waters to offshore waters from Virginia to Florida.
The spinner shark is a species of requiem shark, in the family Carcharhinidae.
They primarily feed on fish such as sardines, or herring. They also have been known to eat tuna, grunt fish, lizard fish, mollusks, small sharks stingrays, squid, and octopus.
The spinner shark is not typically dangerous to humans. They can become belligerent when excited by food. Commercial fisheries value spinner sharks for their meat, fins, liver oil, and skin. The spinner sharks are active fighters by recreational fishers.
The IUCN has assessed the spinner sharks as Near Threatened worldwide and Vulnerable off the southeastern United States.
They can live up to 20 years.
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