Pelagic thresher shark (Alopias pelagicus) caught by longline.
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PELAGIC THRESHER FACTS
The Pelagic Thresher has a very long and strap like upper tail lobe, about half the total length of the shark. It has fairly small eyes, a conical snout and large straight pectoral fins with broad tips. It is dark blue above with white underside. There are three species of thresher sharks recorded from Australian waters - the other two are the Bigeye Thresher which has much bigger eyes and the Thresher Shark which has more pointed pectoral fins.
total length to 3.5m. Average size 2.5m to 3m.
mainly an oceanic species but sometimes found close inshore. Found in depths to 300m.
Feeds on small fishes and cephalopods. The long tail is used to round up fish and then stun them.
Ovoviviparous with two pups per litter.
The Pelagic Thresher is found in the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. In Australian waters it is found off western Australia and eastern Australia.
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Relatives in same Genus
Bigeye Thresher Shark (A. superciliosus)
Thresher Shark (A. vulpinus)