This sculpture of a dusky shark is 2 meters long and contains approximately 1.100 fish hooks. For more information about this sculpture, the exhibition or sales enquiries, please contact us.

The dusky shark, Carcharhinus obscurus, has a cosmopolitan but patchy distribution in tropical and warm temperate seas, from the surface down to depths of 500 m.


The species has been rarely found in the Mediterranean and most records are from the western and central-southern regions, along the North African coasts and the Strait of Sicily.


Reproduction is placental viviparous with litter sizes of 2–18, with a long gestation of 22 months.


There are no data on the global population size of the dusky shark. However, the dusky Shark is assessed as Endangered species on the IUCN Red List due to a global population reduction of 50–79% over 3 generations.


It is caught globally as target and bycatch in pelagic fisheries. The species is often retained for the meat and fins, unless regulations prohibit retention.


To allow recovery, retention and landings should be prohibited; ffforts to minimize bycatch mortality, and promotion of safe release protocols are urgently needed, as is full implementation of commitments agreed through international treaties.



Musick, J., Grubbs, D., Baum, J.K. & Cortés, E. 2016. Carcharhinus obscurus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T3852A16527849.

Rigby, C.L., Barreto, R., et al. 2019. Carcharhinus obscurus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T3852A2872747.

With thanks to AMO Scientific Partner One Ocean Foundation

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