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    confused? take a look



    top is a great white/bottom a basking shark






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    Great White



    Basking

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    Try telling a sandbar (brown) shark from a Dusky!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MakoMike
    Try telling a sandbar (brown) shark from a Dusky!
    True....

    Here's an excerpt from the New England Sharks website:

    Dusky, Carcharhinus obscurus - has a ridge on its back between dorsals.
    The dusky does not venture north of Cape Cod. Small duskys and sandbar sharks of the same size are very hard to tell apart. Both species are on the south side of Cape Cod.

    Some people use a magnifying glass to separate sandbars and duskys. They look at the scales. (dermal denticles in shark speak) If the scales overlap; it's a dusky. If they don't overlap it's a sandbar.
    There are 3 additional look alike ridgeback sharks on the East Coast; the silky, bignose and night shark. But they are not seen in coastal New England. So on Cape Cod's south side you only have to deal with two of the ridgeback sharks- the look alike dusky and sandbar sharks.

    The IGFA record for a dusky is 764 lbs. and for a sandbar it's 529 lbs. (This 529 lbs seems questionable since a sandbar over 300 lbs would be rare. )
    In 1999 the Dusky became a protected species.

    Capt. Bill Brown photo of a dusky below



    Sandbar shark, Carcharhinus plumbeus
    Max fork length 7 feet- Max weight 300 lbs.

    Brooks Crozier, fishes the beaches of Nantucket at night for sandbar sharks. This shark was released as are most of his shark catches.
    Some of the sharks he caught measured 6- 1/2 feet total length; that would be about a 120 pounder. Sandbars can be caught off the south facing beaches of Cape Cod during the day by surfcasters, as indicated in the picture below. The Dusky, Carcharhinus obscurus, has a ridge on its back also, and is hard to tell apart from the sandbar.





    Above - A free swimming Sandbar shark, Carcharhinus plumbeus - Called on Cape Cod the "Brown" shark. Note the tall first dorsal which is well forward; almost over the pectoral fins.

    The sandbar will have a ridge on its back between the dorsal fins as shown below.

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    Blue Shark are a pain but we still have a great time, tag and release.


    Thanks to Eric we tagged about 20 this year
    sizes range from 6 to 13FT

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