Atlantic sharpnose shark (Rhizoprionodon terraenovae)

Atlantic sharpnose shark

The Atlantic sharpnose shark (Rhizoprionodon terraenovae) is one of the more common shark species caught by anglers in South Carolina estuaries and inshore waters.

The Atlantic sharpnose shark, named for its long, pointed snout, is one of at least five shark species found in South Carolina estuaries (where rivers meet the sea). This predatory fish averages less than three feet in length and feeds mainly on shrimp, crabs, worms, and small fish.