Copper Shark

About the Copper Shark

The Copper Shark is a coastal and offshore shark found in tropical and temperate seas. Native to the Western Atlantic and the Western and Eastern Pacific, the Copper Shark can be found in Mexico, South Africa and areas like Japan and California.


Biology and Behavior

The Copper shark gets its name from its grey to bronze colouration. It has a white underbelly and has a bluntly pointed, broad snout. The Copper Shark is migratory in the northern part of its range, moving northward in spring and summer and southward in autumn and winter. Commonly found near the seabed, the Copper Shark feeds on open sea bony fish, octopus, small sharks and rays.



Copper sharks are viviparous; they give birth to live young. The litter usually contains about 7 to 20 pups, with pups being born at about 60 to 70 cm in length. The reproduction process may occur at any time of the year but there is a peak in births in summer. The Copper Shark  reaches maturity at about 245 in length. This species can get up to 325cm in length and weigh up to 304.6kg, with a max age of 30 years.


Conservation :  This species is relatively healthy, but because it’s biology and and strong fishing pressure, their numbers are decreasing. They’re currently near threatened and could become threatened if no protective measures are taken.

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Scientific NameCarcharhinus brachyurus
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNNear Threatened
Litter Size7-20
Common Length325 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range0 - 360 m
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic, Eastern Central Atlantic, Western Central Pacific, Eastern Central Pacific