Large stout shark with a long pointed snout; small second dorsal fin above the small anal fin; tail crescent-shaped with a short second keel below the larger keel on the tail base; teeth smooth with small lateral cusps. Greyish to bluish-grey or almost black above, paler below, with a pale rear tip on the first dorsal fin. To 3 m.
These powerful, active sharks feed on squid and other pelagic fishes. Females give birth to live young. Rare attacks on humans have been reported.
Temperate coastal and oceanic waters, in depths of 1-370 m.
Worldwide. Southern Australia.
Potentially dangerous to humans.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Vulnerable