Sand Shark

Sand Shark Introduction

There are three species of Sand Sharks, also known as grey nurse sharks, ragged Tooth Sharks, or Sand Tiger Sharks. Sand Sharks get their name from their habit of swimming very close to beaches and coastlines. The Sand Shark eats fish, crustaceans, and squid. This shark has an interesting way of hunting. It comes to the surface to gulp mouthfuls of air, which sit in its belly allowing it to float along almost motionless. When a fish swims by, the Sand Shark ambushes it.

Sand Sharks look scarier than they are. They have many sharp teeth protruding even when their mouths are closed. Sand Sharks are docile though, and are not known to attack humans except in defense. Divers often swim with sand sharks.

Keywords to Learn

Shiver: a large group of sand sharks

About Me:

Hey Kids, my name is Sandy the sand tiger shark and I am very happy to meet you. Learn more about me and my species @


Sand Shark Data

  • Order:
  • Lifespan:
    7 to 15 years
  • Class:
  • Scientific Name:
  • Mass:
    200 kg (440 lbs.)
  • Length:
    3.2 m (10 ft.)
  • Region found:
    Warm oceans and the Mediterranean and Asiatic Seas
  • Population Status:
  • Current population trend:
  • Diet:
  • Sexual maturity:
    5 to 10 years.


Be careful with Sand sharks just in case, because as you would know by now, Sand shark like to be near the coast on the sand, so they can be dangerous, but only really in self defense if they feel under attack. Mostly these sharks will not attack. They are also beautiful creatures, but again, just be aware!


Now that you know more about the Sand shark by learning the key data above, be sure also to check out the fun facts. When you are finished learning the facts, try answering the questions in the Q&A corner on the bottom right side of the page.


Download questions about the Sand shark here: Sand shark (answers are on this page)


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Fun Facts for Kids

# 1. Groups of sand sharks (shivers) sometimes attack fishing nets full of fish.

# 2. Sand sharks carry only two babies at a time. One of the developing babies eats the other one inside the mother’s womb. Because of this, sand sharks have fewer babies than most sharks and are more vulnerable to becoming endangered.

# 3. Sand sharks are brown with darker brown stripes that fade as they age.

# 4. Sand sharks are nocturnal and hunt mostly at night. They are voracious, eating large amounts of small fish.

# 5. These sharks are generally mild-mannered and are not a danger to humans.

Q&A Corner

# 1. How many babies do Sand sharks have at one time? Why is this?


#2. Where do Sand sharks live?


# 3. Are Sand sharks dangerous to humans?


# 4.How do Sand sharks hunt?


# 5. Are Sand sharks endangered?


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