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Bull Shark

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Adult bull (Carcharhinus leucas) at Shark Reef Marine Preserve, Beqa Lagoon, Fiji
Bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas)
Bull Shark
Bull sharks are mainly found in the warmer and shallower coastal waters of the southern hemisphere. The bull shark is one of the most common species of shark found worldwide.

The bull shark is able to inhabit both salt and freshwater sources just as happily, with one bull shark known to have swum 4,000 km up the Amazon River in South America, finally ending up in the mountainous Peru.

The bull shark is well known for its unpredictable and aggressive temperament and is thought to be one of the most dangerous sharks towards humans. This is probably because the bull inhabits coastal waters and rivers and is therefore more likely to come into contact with swimmers and water sports enthusiasts.

The bull shark is an effective and dominant predator in its environment and so has no real natural predator itself. Bull sharks are occasionally hunted by the bigger shark species such as the tiger shark and the infamous great white shark.

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Catalan Català
Tauró camús
Czech Cesky
Žralok bělavý
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Bull shark
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Carcharhinus leucas
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Requin bouledogue
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Hiu banteng
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Carcharhinus leucas
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Bull Shark Facts

Five groups that classify all living things...
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
A group of animals within a pylum...
A group of animals within a class...
A group of animals within an order...
A group of animals within a family...
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Carcharhinus Leucas
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
2.1m - 3.5m (7ft - 11.5ft)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
90kg - 230kg (200lbs - 500lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
40km/h (25mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
16 - 25 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Blue, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Fish
The specific area where the animal lives...
Shallow and tropical waters
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fish, Sharks, Stingray
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Tiger sharks
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Flat, rounded snout and two dorsal fins

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