Northern River Shark

About the Northern River Shark

The Northern river shark is a species of requiem shark found in the tidal rivers and coastal waters of Australia and Papua New Guinea. It’s also known as the New Guinea River Shark. Population of the Northern river shark is decreasing due to illegal gillnetting or hook and line fishing in the river habits

With small eyes and slender teeth, the head is wide and flattened with a long broadly rounded snout, it is often mistaken for bull sharks. It can grow up to 145cm in length, and, like other river sharks, they give birth to live young that have developed inside the body.

The Northern river shark is primarily a fish eater that have been adapted to living in waters with poor visibility.

There are less than 250 adults northern river sharks in the world. Because of this, the species is considered critically endangered.

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Scientific Name Glyphis garricki
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNCritically Endangered
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 2.5 m
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range0 - 10 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean, Western Indian Ocean, Western Central Atlantic