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Common Sharks in Mississippi Waters

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Mississippi Saltwater Fishing

Bull Shark

Carcharhinus leucas

One of the largest sharks commonly found in inshore waters, it can reach lengths greater than 10 feet and is one of the few sharks that regularly move into fresh water. The most distinguishing characteristic of this shark is its large robust body. This shark is also characterized by a short snout that is blunt and rounded.

Spinner Shark

Carcharhinus brevipinna

The Spinner Shark gets its name from a behavior where it leaps out of the water and spins in midair. It is very similar to the Blacktip Shark, but all its fins are black-tipped, including the anal fin. It can reach lengths up to 9 feet and is extremely active when hooked.

Blacktip Shark

Carcharhinus limbatus

As the name indicates, this shark’s fins are tipped in black except for the anal fin. It is a medium-size shark, but can reach lengths of 9 feet. This shark is very active when hooked and will jump out of the water.

Atlantic Sharpnose Shark

Rhizoprionodon terraenovae

The most common shark in Mississippi coastal waters, this shark rarely exceeds 4 feet in length. It is characterized by a slender build and white blotches on the body. The origin of the second dorsal fin is about mid-base of the anal fin. These sharks are also called “Wormies” by coastal fishermen.

Illustration © 1992, Diane Rome Peebles