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BY: Manuel Z
HOW TO AVOID A SHARK ATTACK
mistaken for: Sand Shark, spinner shark, Spotfin
or ground shark
Description: The conspicuously black-tipped fins give this species its name. It is dark gray, bluish or dusky bronze above, white or yellowish white below.
Blacktip sharks are common in the Gulf of Mexico
and live in temperate and tropical waters around the
world. Blacktip and other sharks can replace worn or
missing teeth. The new teeth grow in rows behind the old
ones and when a tooth comes out, a new one moves forward
to fill in the gap.
Fishing tips: Use cut fish around jetty passes or In the Surf; chumming helps to draw them into your fishing area.
Other names: Cub shark, Ground shark
Description: Bull sharks can be recognized by their heavy, wide head and blunt, rounded snout. They are gray above and white below. Adults have no conspicuous fin markings while fins on the young may have darker edges.
Bull sharks are common off the coast of Texas and live in
most of the subtropical and tropical oceans of the world.
Unlike most sharks, bull sharks can live in fresh as well
as salt water. Here in Texas, they've been found many
miles upriver from the Gulf.
Fishing tips: They are known to show a preference for shark meat when it is used for bait and are one of the most common shark species caught by Texas anglers.
Other names: hammerhead
Description: Hammerheads are large, even by shark standards, growing to more than 15 feet long. Large as they are, these sharks can turn quickly with the help of their broad, flat heads. Hammerheads' eyes and nostrils are at the outer ends of their odd-looking heads, making it easier to see and smell food with.
Habitat/Habit: Most commonly found off the beachfront and into the deeper waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Most are active fighters when hooked by reef, Surf and boat anglers. The flesh is edible, although not choice.
Fishing tips: Use cut fish for bait