Sharks found around New Zealand

Blue Shark – Prionace glauca – also Blue Pointer, Blue Whaler

Blue sharks are viviparous - their young are born fully formed and swimming The blue shark is easily distinguished from…


Surfcasting Birdlings Flat and Kaitorete Spit – steep shelving shingle beach

Surfcasting Birdlings Flat and Kaitorete Spit In my younger days I spent many an afternoon and evening surfcasting at Birdlings…


Black Rock, Taylors Mistake, Banks Peninsula – Sevengill Shark

Black Rock, Taylors Mistake, Banks Peninsula Looking for somewhere to go fishing during the holidays? Here is a good spot.…


Rig Shark – Mustelus lenticulatus – Lemonfish – Strong Fighter

Rig Shark are Often Caught by Surfcasters at Night - aka: Lemonfish, smoothhound, gummy shark Rig - Mustelus lenticulatus, has…


Hammerhead Shark – Big specimens feed on stingrays

Hammerhead Shark - Sphyrna zygaena The hammerhead is easily recognized by the unique shape of the head. The eyes are…


Tope or School Shark is regarded by the IGFA as a game fish

Tope or School Shark by Dick Marquand Common Name: School Shark. Scientific Name: Galeorhinus galeus (formerly G. australis). Maori Name:…


White Shark – Carcharodon carcharias – Fishing Methods

Great White Sharks by Allan Burgess Also known as White Shark, White Death, Man Eater, or White Pointer (in South…


Thresher Shark – Alopias vulpinus – easily recognized from its very long tail

Thresher Shark - Updated by Allan Burgess and Dick Marquand (see below) The thresher shark is easily recognized from its…


Sevengill and Sixgill Sharks – Sevengillers are often caught by surfcasters

Sevengill and Sixgill Sharks by Allan Burgess The Sevengiller and Other Cow Sharks by Dick Marquand   In 1992 a large…


Mako Shark – Isurus oxyrinchus – Short Finned Mako can swim at 80 kph

Mako Shark Fishing Mako Shark is also called blue pointer, mackerel shark, and is known in the scientific community as…


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