Natural History

Spinner Shark

posted: 05/23/13
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Spinner Shark | Photo Caption: Excerpted from North America: A World in One Continent by Huw Cordey

Spinner sharks, sleek, and streamlined, can grow up to ten feet (3 m) long. And while they are not man-eaters, they can and do bite, and they tend to get agitated if there's food around, so it's best to treat them with a great deal of respect.

In the winter months in Florida, the spinners lurk in the water and don't appear to be feeding or breeding; they just wait in these comfortable waters for spring, when they will become more active and head north into richer, temperate seas bursting with food.

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