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Sand Tiger Shark

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
CLOSED - no harvest permitted

Sand tiger sharks must be immediately released to ensure the maximum probability of survival, without removing the fish from the water.
Size Limit
CLOSED - no harvest permitted

Sand tiger sharks must be immediately released to ensure the maximum probability of survival, without removing the fish from the water.
Daily Limit / Person
CLOSED - no harvest permitted

Sand tiger sharks must be immediately released to ensure the maximum probability of survival, without removing the fish from the water.
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Common
General Habitat and Food Preferences
The Sand Tiger Shark frequents shorelines and sandy beaches.

They feed primarily on small fishes, eels, skates, and rays.
General Description
Sand Tiger Sharks are a large bulky shark with a flattened snout.

The upper side is light brown or light greenish-gray with the underside a grayish white. Many individuals have darker reddish or brown spots scattered on the body.

The first dorsal fin is far back on the body, behind the first pectoral fin.

The first and second dorsal and anal fins are nearly equal in size.

Their teeth are dagger-like and protrude from mouth. Their ragged looking teeth give the Sand Tiger Shark a distinct menacing look.
Did You Know?
Unlike other sharks, the Sand Tiger Shark can gulp air from the surface, allowing it to be suspended in the water column with minimal effort.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
It is unlawful to release a Sand Tiger Shark in a manner that will not ensure the shark's maximum probability of survival (e.g., no gaffs, no clubbing, careful hook removal, etc.).

It is unlawful for any hook and line fisherman to remove a Sand Tiger Shark from the water.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, sandtiger sharks range in length from 4 to 10 feet. They can weigh anywhere from 200 to 350 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Sand Tiger Sharks are a protected species and not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record
Sand Tiger Sharks are a protected species and are not currently eligible for any Delaware record.