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Thresher Shark

Alopias pelagicus


Named for, and easily recognised by, their exceptionally long, thresher-like tail or caudal fins (which can be as long as the total body length), thresher sharks are active predators; the tail is actually used as a weapon to stun prey.


Although occasionally sighted in shallow, inshore waters, thresher sharks are primarily pelagic - they prefer the open ocean. They are known to be seen on a daily basis visiting the cleaning stations at Monad Shoal near Malapascu Island in the Philippines.

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Ilya Bezdelev
Ilya Bezdelev 9 years ago

Very interesting description of this quite an unusual species and an excellent shot. Love the angle too!

SamanthaCraven 9 years ago

Gorgeous! Love the angle - different from all the other Thresher shots!

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Biliran, Philippines

Spotted on Sep 21, 2011
Submitted on Sep 23, 2011

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