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Thresher shark (1st of 2)

Thresher shark

Equipped with a tail almost as long as its body, the thresher shark is capable of leaping clear of the water. Its tail is also used to stun prey, usually small schooling fish and squid. Their total length is about 5.5 metres.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Sharks and rays - Other types of shark', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/5326/thresher-shark (accessed 20 September 2020)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006