Fact File:

Common Name(s):Tope (School Shark)

Scientific Name: Galeorhinus galeus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Usual Size:To 195cm Within UK waters between 140/150cm

UK Record Weights from rod/line:

Shore:58lb 2oz

Boat:82lb 8oz

MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:

Upper body Grey to brown, under side white

Plancentally viviparous (live bearing). Litter size between 6-52 pups, usually 25-35, with the pups at 35cm at birth. Females mature between 130-185cm when approximately 11 years old.

Found between depths of 2-471m. Both a coastal and offshore species, although known to come within the surf-line. Mostly a bottom and mid-water schooling shark.

Fish eater, mostly Whiting, Pout, and other schooling species, though occasionally crustaceans plus squid and cuttlefish

For the UK found from Scotland to the English Channel, for most of the year, and during the summer months tending to be closer inshore, though migrations are known to include the Mediterranean Sea.

Additional Notes: Has a potential weight in excess of 100lbs

REFERENCES: A Field Guide to The Sharks of British Coastal Waters - Vas 1991

FAO Species Catalogue 4 - Sharks of The World - Compagno

Fishes of the North-Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean - Whitehead, Bauchot, Hureau, Nielsen, Tortonese

Key to the Fishes of Northern Europe - Wheeler

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