Scientific name: Otodus megalodon(Carcharocles megalodon )(Agassiz,1843)
A reconstruction of the jaw of a Megalodon (Otodus megalodon), the largest shark that ever lived, and one of the World’s largest predators. It is estimated that it grew up to 17 metres long and weighed as much as 59 tonnes. It was once considered the ancestor of the living Great White, but is now placed in a different family. [Specimen in the National Aquarium Baltimore].
Great White Shark/White Pointer
Scientific name: Carcharodon carcharius (Linnaeus, 1758)
Carcharodon hastalis(Agassiz, 1843)
Heterodontus portusjacksoni(Meyer 1793)
Inhabiting coastal waters in southern Australia, this is a migratory, bottom dwelling species feeding
on molluscs, crustaceans, sea urchins and fish.
Carcharias taurus(Rafinesque, 1810)
(Sand Tiger Shark, Grey Nurse Shark, Spotted ragged-tooth Shark)
(Photo Credit David Harasti) CSIROscope
Now an endangered species, these sharks grow to about 3.6 metres in length and have a low reproduction rate, They feed on smaller sharks, rays, squid and crustaceans. They tend to occupy shallow waters with sandy bottom gutters or rocky caves and close to inshore reefs.
Sphyrnasp. (Spyrna (misspelling), Zygaena Curvier, 1816)
Found in temperate to tropical waters in both coastal and off shore water. Generally sociable creatures swimming in groups.
Carcharhinus brachyurus (Gunther, 1870)
Bronze Whaler, Copper Shark
Inhabits continental margins growing up to 3.5 metres (300 kg approx).
Galeocerdo aduncus (Agassiz 1843)
These sharks are scavengers and grow 3-6 metres. They can inhabit shallow waters.