Whitenose Shark

The whitenose shark is a requiem shark living in the eastern Pacific.

Whitenose Shark Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Carcharhiniformes
Family Scyliorhinidae
Genus Nasolamia
Scientific Name N. velox


Both males and females are 3.7 ft, with the largest specimen recorded being 4.9 ft. It has a conical snout, big round eyes, and close-set nostrils.

These sharks are grey to greyish brown, with a characteristic white-lipped snout. There is a black spot on the upper tip of the snout.

Where do they live

Map Of The Whitenose Shark’s Habitat

Whitenose shark Habitat Map

They live in the eastern Pacific, with sightings in Baja California, Mexico, and Peru. It lives in shallow waters between 49 and 79 ft, though some specimens have been spotted at 630 ft.



Its diet consists of bony fish and crabs.


This shark is viviparous, giving live birth to a litter of 5 pups.

Interactions with humans

The IUCN classified the whitenose shark as “Endangered” or “EN” as these sharks are often victims of artisanal fishing.

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