NZ Fish Species: Sharks

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Bronze whaler

To four metres. This is the common large shark of our waters and the one responsible for many shark sightings about North Island beaches south to Cook Strait. Its usual colour is a dark metallic bronze above, becoming brighter on the sides. The long tail lobe, erect dorsal fin and long pectoral fin are easily seen features. Its teeth are small, flat, triangular blades. In Australia this shark has a reputation as a man- eater, but this is not the case in New Zealand. Comes into northern harbours to breed in the summer months and is often encountered by anglers at this time. A powerful fighter, these fish will sometimes jump clear of the water.

Other types of Sharks:
Blue shark | Bronze whaler | Hammerhead shark | Mako shark | Spotted dogfish | Thresher shark | Tope (school shark) | White shark |

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