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All About Sharks!

Geologic Time Chart
Introduction to Sharks Introduction to Rays Anatomy Shark and Ray Species Extreme Sharks Extinct Sharks Classification Shark Glossary Shark Index Printables, Worksheets, and Activities

ALL ABOUT SHARKS!
What is a Shark? Shark Information Sheets Shark Printouts to Color Evolution of Sharks Extreme Sharks

GALAPAGOS SHARK
Carcharhinus galapagensis


GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The Galapagos shark, also known as the grey reef whaler, is an aggressive requiem shark that is dark gray on top and has an off-white belly. Its tail has a black edge. There is a ridge running between the dorsal fins (the fins on the shark's back). The Galapagos shark was named in 1905 from specimens found near the Galapagos Islands (in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador).

TEETH
Teeth in upper jaw are serrated and triangular. Teeth in the lower jaw are narrower.

SIZE
They average about 10 feet (3 m) long but can reach 12 feet (3.7 m) long.

DIET AND FEEDING HABITS
Galapagos sharks are benthic feeders, eating prey taken from the ocean floor. Their diet includes bottom-dwelling squid, fish, and octopus.

GALAPAGOS SHARK ATTACKS
There have been attacks on people by this aggressive shark.

SOCIAL GROUPS
The Galapagos shark usually swims in schools.

HABITAT
Galapagos sharks live in warm waters. They are pelagic (live in open oceans) at depths ranging from 16-200 feet (5-60 m).

DISTRIBUTION
The Galapagos shark is found in tropical seas near islands.

REPRODUCTION
At birth the 6 to 16 pups are about 22-32 inches (57-80 cm) long. when they are very young, these pups stay in shallow waters away from adult Galapagos sharks, thus avoiding cannibalism (being eaten by other members of their species).

GALAPAGOS SHARK CLASSIFICATION
Kingdom Animalia (animals)
Phylum Chordata
SubPhylum Vertebrata (vertebrates)
Class Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fish)
Subclass Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays)
Order Carcharhiniformes
Family Carcharhinidae
Genus Carcharhinus
Species galapagensis


GALAPAGOS SHARK ACTIVITIES
A print-out about the Galapagos shark.




Information Sheets About Sharks (and Rays)

Just click on an animal's name to go to that information sheet. If the shark (or ray) you're interested in isn't here, check the Shark Dictionary.

ANGELSHARK

BASKING SHARK

BLACKTIP REEF SHARK

BLUE SHARK

BLUNTNOSE SIXGILL SHARK

BONNETHEAD SHARK

BROADNOSE SEVENGILL SHARK

BULL SHARK

DOGFISH SHARK

GALAPAGOS SHARK

GOBLIN SHARK

GREAT WHITE SHARK

HAMMERHEAD SHARK

LEMON SHARK

MAKO SHARK

MANTA RAY

NURSE SHARK

PORBEAGLE SHARK

SPINED PYGMY SHARK

TIGER SHARK

THRESHER SHARK

WHALE SHARK



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