Atlantic sharpnose sharks are named for their long, sharp snout. They are commonly found in the surf zone, estuaries and harbors and spend most of their time in water less than 10 m (32 feet) deep.
Commercial fishermen catch these sharks in large numbers and the meat is sold for human consumption and used as bait for larger species of sharks. They are the most commonly caught small coastal shark species.
Because they are often found in the surf zone, Atlantic sharpnose sharks frequently come into contact with swimmers and are considered to pose a moderate threat to humans. However, most of their bites are not serious or fatal.
This link will take you to the species account for the Atlantic sharpnose shark at the Ichthyology section of the Florida Museum of Natural history.
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