Silky Shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) - Cabos San Lucas - Mexico { 136 images } Created 18 May 2022

Silky Shark-Requin Soyeux (Carcharhinus falciformis), Cabo San Lucas, South Pacific, Mexico.

The silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) is a species of shark in the family Carcharhinidae which owes its name to the smooth texture of its skin. He is epipelagic, very abundant, and lives in tropical and subtropical oceans around the world, which exposes it to intensive fishing. Its status is "Vulnerable" on the IUCN list.
The Silky Shark typically reaches a length of 2.5m, with a maximum recorded length of 3.5m and a weight of 346kg. The females are larger than the males and are viviparous with an annual reproduction giving birth to a dozen young. The Silky Shark has a slender, streamlined body, with a long, rounded snout, gray back, and white belly. These pectoral fins are long and triangular, the dorsal one is short and behind the pectoral ones. The caudal fin is heterocercal, the dorsal lobe is more developed than the ventral. The silky shark is an opportunistic predator and feeds mainly on fish but also molluscs and crustaceans..
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