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One of the most common sharks in the Galapagos, the Galapagos shark can be found around the world. They’re known for their “classic shark” shape, though a distinguishing feature is their taller first dorsal fin. Galapagos sharks favor shallow waters and can often be found around reefs. Named for the islands in which they were first discovered, Galapagos sharks are closely related to the dusky, oceanic whitetip, and the blue shark. They can grow to a length of nearly 10 feet.

Galapagos sharks have been sighted as far as 30 miles from land. Their diet consists mainly of bottom-dwelling fish and cephalopods such as octopus and squid, though a larger Galapagos shark may also eat sea lions and other sharks. Galapagos sharks are viviparous, meaning they bear live young. Females have litters of 4 to 16 pups every few years.

More Wildlife in the Galapagos

Giant Tortoise

Darwin’s Finches

Galapagos Penguins