Tope shark

Galeorhinus galeus

  • Common
  • Pelagic and demersal (surface to 471 m)
  • Length to 2 m (6.5 feet)
  • Dusky grey on top, paler to white on sides
  • Second dorsal fin directly above anal fin
  • Black markings on juvenile fins
  • Slender body, long-snout
  • No keel on caudal peduncle
  • Listed as Special Concern under the Species at Risk Act

Everyone that encounters a Basking Shark, Bluntnose Sixgill Shark, Tope Shark, or any other shark species in BC (with the exception of North Pacific Spiny Dogfish) is encouraged to document and report the encounter to DFO.