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Bull Shark Facts and Photos on this Shark Common in Coastal Waters

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The bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas, mostly breeds in the summer, often in the brackish water of river mouths and coastal lagoons, although mating and birthing will take place year round in warmer waters. They are viviparous, giving birth to live animals that were nourished through a placenta. After gestating for 10-11 months, a female may give birth to as many as 13 pups, each about 28 inches long.

Bull sharks grow at about 11 inches a year for their first four years, and then at about six inches a year until fully mature. Females tend to be larger than males, mostly due to their longer lives; females live to be about 16 years old and reach maturity at about 10 years old and seven feet long, males live to about 12 years old, and reach maturity at 9 years and six feet long. The rates vary somewhat in different geographical locations. Females are often found with mating scars on their dorsum.

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Picture of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, at Shark Reef Marine Reserve, Beqa Passage, Viti Levu, Fiji

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Stock photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, in spawning aggregation of mutton snappers, Lutjanus analis, hoping to seize fish distracted by sex; note white cloud off fish eggs and milt; Gladden Spit & Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, off Placencia, Belize, Central America, Caribbean Sea

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Image of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Great Isaac island, Northern Bahamas

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Photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas

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Picture of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Bahamas, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean

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Stock photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Great Isaac island, Northern Bahamas

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Image of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Walker's Cay, Bahamas

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Photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Walker's Cay, Bahamas, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean

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Picture of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, cruising through spawning aggregation of mutton snappers, Lutjanus analis, hoping to pick off a fish distracted by courtship activities, Gladden Spit & Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, off Placencia, Belize, Central America, Caribbean Sea

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Stock photo of a bull sharks, Carcharinus leucas,Walker's Cay, Bahamas

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Image of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, with diver hand-feeding, Shark Reef Marine Reserve, Beqa Passage, Viti Levu, Fiji, South Pacific

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Photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, swimming near surface with symbiotic remora or sharksucker, Echeneis naucrates, Natal Coast, South Africa

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Picture of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Shark Reef Marine Reserve, Beqa Passage, Viti Levu, Fiji, South Pacific

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Stock photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, University of Miami researcher films male bull shark as it swims away after tag and release, Bimini, Bahamas, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean

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Image of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, with fishing line trailing from hook in mouth, Shark Reef Marine Reserve, Beqa Passage, Viti Levu, Fiji

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Photo of bull sharks, Carcharinus leucas, pair cruise the shallow waters off Walker's Cay, northern Abacos, the Bahamas, Atlantic Ocean.

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Picture of a snorkeler inspecting dead Caribbean reef shark, Carcharhinus perezi, eaten by bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, Bahamas, Caribbean, Atlantic

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Stock photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, taking bait from shark handler, Shark Reef Marine Reserve, Beqa Passage, Viti Levu, Fiji, South Pacific

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Image of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas, just offshore at Walker's Cay, Abacos, Bahamas, Atlantic Ocean

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Photo of a bull shark, Carcharinus leucas. 'Crook' a bull shark that has been measured at longer than ten feet, Shark Reef Marine Reserve, Beqa Passage, Viti Levu, Fiji, South Pacific

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