Bronze Whaler – Carcharhinus brachyurus
Family – Carcharhinidae
Geographic location / distribution
Habitat: Bronze whalers are coastal-pelagic species, preferring inshore and offshore temperate waters.
They range from close inshore in the surf zone to far offshore, from the sea surface to 400m in depth.
Populations of bronze whalers in both hemispheres have seasonal migrations that are in response to the changes in water temperature and other factors like food availability, reproductive events, sex and age.
Maturity and Sizes
Bonze whalers are born at a size of 60cm / 23.6 inches; females reach maturity from 2,4m / 7.8feet and will reach a maximum size over 3m / 9.8feet.
Physical description and identifying characters
The snout is moderately long and narrowly rounded, with small anterior nasal flaps
The first dorsal fin with bluntly pointed apex and short free rear tip is much larger than second dorsal or anal fins. The first dorsal fin originates over or behind free rear tip of pectorals. The second dorsal fin has short free tip and originates over or slightly behind the anal fin. The inter-dorsal ridge is usually absent with the pectoral fins long, falcate and narrow-tipped. The striking colour of bronzy or olive grey above, white below; with no conspicuous marks on any of the fins; with a moderately prominent white band on each flank.