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Sharks of Mississippi and Alabama

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Sharks are a critical part of healthy marine ecosystems. Mississippi and Alabama are home to an incredible diversity of sharks.

Below are 15 of the most common species in this region.


Atlantic sharpnose shark

Rhizoprionodon terraenovae


Blacknose shark

Carcharhinus acronotus


Blacktip shark

Carcharhinus limbatus


Sandbar shark

Carcharhinus plumbeus


Silky shark

Carcharhinus falciformis


Dusky shark

Carcharhinus obscurus


Bull shark

Carcharhinus leucas


Shortfin mako

Isurus oxyrinchus


Tiger shark

Galeocerdo cuvier


Nurse shark

Ginglymostoma cirratum


Gulper shark

Centrophorus granulosus


Gulf smoothound

Mustelus sinusmexicanus

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Sphyrna tiburo

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Scalloped hammerhead

Sphyrna lewini

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Great hammerhead

Sphyrna mokarran

Illustrations by Bryan Huerta

Publication 3715


Department: Coastal Marine Extension Program, Coastal Research & Extension Center
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