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The blue shark, Prionace glauca, is a pelagic shark that lives in the deep waters of temperate and tropical oceans and is found off the coast of every continent except Antarctica. They live mostly offshore, although they have been found inshore off oceanic islands particularly at night. Blue sharks are known to migrate for very long distances, and Atlantic blue sharks migrate across the Atlantic Ocean each year, following the warm Gulf Stream waters. Blue sharks can often be found in large schools, which will be all male or all female, and mostly sharks of the same size.

The blue shark is a very beautiful shark, and it’s name comes from its indigo colored dorsal region, and its bright blue flanks.  The ventral surface is white, and this contrast in colors provides camouflage in the open ocean. It has a sleek pointed shape, long pointed fins, and a pointed snout, all of which make it a fast and elegant swimmer, estimated to be up to 50 miles an hour when necessary, and is known to leap out of the water. Blue sharks can also be seen cruising slowly along the surface with its dorsal fin out of the water, or can be found as deep as 1000 feet. Their shape is very distinctive and they are rarely confused with other sharks.

Blue sharks grow to be up to 12 feet or more, and typically weigh between 300 and 400 pounds. The heaviest recorded weight is 860 pounds.

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Picture of a blue shark, Prionace glauca, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of juvenile blue shark, Prionace glauca, with school of jack mackerel, Trachurus symmetricus, under drifting kelp paddy, San Diego, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Image of a blue shark, Prionace glauca, California Channel Islands, East Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a blue shark, Prionace glauca, underneath drift kelp, open ocean, San Diego, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a California sea lion, Zalophus californianus, and blue shark, Prionace glauca, San Clemente Island, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of blue shark, Prionace glauca, massing in deep water off San Clemente Island, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Image of a blue shark, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California , Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a blue shark, Prionace glauca, with tag, Channel Islands, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a blue shark, Prionace glauca, feeding on baitball of northern anchovies, Engraulis mordax, California, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of blue shark, Prionace glauca, and videographer, San Diego, Prionace glauca, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Image of a juvenile blue shark, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a blue shark, Prionace glauca, with mackerel jacks, Trachurus sp., San Diego, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Picture of blue shark, Prionace glauca, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of blue shark, Prionace glauca, open ocean, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Image of blue shark, Prionace glauca, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a blue shark, Prionace glauca, Channel Islands, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a blue shark, Prionace glauca, showing ampullae of Lorenzini, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a blue shark, Prionace glauca, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Image of a blue shark, Prionace glauca, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a blue shark, Prionace glauca, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean

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