THRESHER SHARK FACTS
The Thresher Shark is a large shark with pointed pectoral fins and a very long upper tail lobe (about as long as the body). It is grey, blue-grey or blackish on the back and underside of the snout, with white belly The Thresher has fairly small eyes, and a prominent white patch over the base of the pectoral fins. 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 Pelagic Thresher which has blunter broad-tipped pectoral fins.
total length to 5.5m . Average size 3m - 5m. Weight to 348kg.
found over continental shelves and open ocean to depths of 500m. Most common near land to depths of 370m Young often swim in inshore waters and shallow bays.
Feeds on schooling fish, squid, octopus, crustaceans, and rarely seabirds. The long tail is used to round up fish and then stun them.
Ovoviviparous with two pups per litter. The pups are born in open water and are 1.1m - 1.5m long at birth.
The Thresher Shark is found in temperate and topical waters around the world. In Australia it is found from southern Queensland to Tasmania and round the southern coast to the central coast of Western Australia.
Generally harmless to humans, although given its large size should be treated with caution.
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Relatives in same Genus
Pelagic Thresher (A. pelagicus)
Bigeye Thresher Shark (A. superciliosus)