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Gray Reef Shark

Scientific name:  Carcharhinus plumbeus
Class:  Fish
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Océanos y mares
Diet:  Omnívoro
Weight:  118 kg
Size:  2,5 m
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Meet the Gray Reef Shark!

The main characteristic of the Grey Reef Shark is that it spends its life in the deep ocean, far from the coasts.

It has a stocky body in which the first dorsal fin stands out, which is very large, and stands well forward. It is found throughout the Pacific Ocean, usually in tropical and subtropical waters and in shallow, sandy bottoms. It also lurks around harbors, estuaries and entrances to bays and rivers with turbid waters, although it is an exclusively saltwater animal.

What are its habits?

This type of shark is omnivorous and opportunistic; it includes a wide variety of small and medium-sized prey: fish, octopus, squid, rays, bivalves, shrimp and crabs.

After fertilization, the embryo feeds by means of a yolk sac (this is called viviparous birth). Gestation can last from eight to 12 months, depending on the area where they are found, and ends with a litter ranging from seven to 13 pups.

Grey sharks perform seasonal migrations, which are started by a group of males. Females then join on their own.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


In 2002 the first offspring of this species were born at the Madrid Zoo, in a vulnerable situation according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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