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The bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas,  is a stout bodied shark with a blunt, rounded snout, and an aggressive nature,  which is the reason for its most common name. Other names, depending on where it is found, include Zambezi shark, Ganges shark, Nicaragua shark, freshwater whaler, estuary whaler,  Swan River whaler, shovelnose shark, square-nose shark, river shark, slipway grey shark, ground shark, and cub shark.

Bull sharks live in tropical and subtropical coastal waters worldwide. Many migrate long distances in the summer and then return to warmer waters as the coastal waters cool in winter. Bull sharks prefer shallower waters less than 100 feet deep, and, as the only marine shark that can live in freshwater, are often found in harbors, estuaries, , and are also found in many rivers as far as 2000 miles upstream, and in some freshwater lakes.

Bull sharks are pale to dark gray on their top side, fading to white underneath. Juveniles often have black fin tips that fade to a dusky color as they mature. The first dorsal fin is large, pointed and triangular, and the second dorsal fin is significantly smaller. The pectoral fins are also large and angular. Bull sharks have relatively small eyes which indicates that eyesight is not an important tools for this species that hunts in murky waters.

Adult male bull sharks are about seven feet long and weigh 200 pounds. Females tend to be larger at around 11 feet long and 500 pounds, and have been found as long as 13 feet and 700 pounds. They are fast and agile predators,  and will eat almost anything they can find, including taking bites out of people they come across.

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Picture of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Walker's Cay, Bahamas Islands

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Stock photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Walker's Cay, Bahamas Islands

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Image of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Walker's Cay, Bahamas Islands

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Photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, with divemaster shark feeder at Shark Reef Marine Reserve, Beqa Passage, Viti Levu, Fiji

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Picture of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Walker's Cay, Bahamas Islands

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Stock photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, tagged and released Bahamas, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean

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Image of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Bahamas, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean

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Photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Bahamas, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean

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Picture of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Great Isaac island, Northern Bahamas

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Stock photo of a bull sharks, Carcharinus leucas, swimming through spawning mutton snappers, Lutjanus analis, looking for an easy meal, Gladden Spit & Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, off Placencia, Belize, Central America, Caribbean Sea; foreground shark has mating scars on head

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Image of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Walker's Cay, Bahamas Islands

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Photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Walker's Cay, Bahamas Islands, Atlantic

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Picture of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Walker's Cay, Bahamas Islands

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Stock photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Walker's Cay, Bahamas Islands

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Image of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, with fish scales flowing from the gill slits right after being hand fed a tuna head at Shark Reef Marine Reserve, Beqa Passage, Viti Levu, Fiji, South Pacific

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Photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Bahamas, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean

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Picture of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Shark Reef, Beqa Lagoon, Fiji, South Pacific Ocean.

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Stock photo of bull sharks, Carcharinus leucas, and a snorkeler photographer, offshore Walker's Cay, Bahamas Islands

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Photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Hawaii, Pacific

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