Alopias vulpinus

Habitat & Distribution

A very wide-ranging, oceanic-epipelagic shark present in all oceans. They are uncommon but are regularly encountered off the south coast of Cornwall. The populations in the North Atlantic are believed to have declined to 30% of their previous biomass due to fishing pressures. They are targeted for their flesh and fins. Although listed on the IUCN (2007) Red List as Data Deficient, they are almost certainly declining and vulnerable.