Odontaspididae - sand tiger sharks
There are three species in this family of sharks. They can be up to 12 feet in length. They have stout, torpedo-shaped bodies; sharply pointed snouts; five pairs of short gill slits; a large anal fin; and two dorsal fins that are around the same size.
They are found in temperate and tropical regions in all the world's oceans at depths of 600-4,000 feet. They eat bony fish, rays, squid, sharks, and crustaceans. Females give birth to live young and the newly hatched sharks often eat their siblings or their eggs while still in the womb.
the sand tiger shark, which is also known as the gray nurse shark; the
smalltooth sand tiger shark, and the
bigeye sand tiger shark.
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