Biomimetics: the shark has inspired the creation of some innovative technologies. Its skin has been used as a model for creating antibacterial, hydro/aerodynamic and antifouling clothing; its fins have helped to improve the stability of airplanes thanks to “sharklets” and the shape of its tail has served as inspiration for tidal steam generators.
- Scientific name:
- Carcharhinus plumbeus
- Year of description:
- Nardo, 1827
- IUCN Status:
Eastern and Western Atlantic Oceans, and Indo-Pacific, in the Red Sea as well as in the Mediterranean Sea.
The sandbar shark lives in tropical and temperate waters. This predator is continuously on the move.
A male can grow up to 2 metres in length on average and a record weight of almost 118 kg.
The sandbar shark hunts at night and lives off bottom-dwelling fish, rays, crustaceans and cephalopods.
- Conservation program:
Nausicaá is involved in programmes for the sandbar shark at a lower level of engagement called the ESB.