Story: Sharks and rays

School shark

School shark

School sharks are also known as sand sharks because of their tendency to come close to shore. Adults are about 1.7 metres long. These sharks have a reputation as long-distance migrants – tagged sharks have travelled almost 5,000 kilometres, and many make their way from New Zealand across the Tasman Sea to Australia, about 1,700 kilometres away.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Sharks and rays - Sharks as food', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5317/school-shark (accessed 5 July 2020)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006