Sandbar sharks are considered long-lived. However, few sources reveal information on the lifespan and longevity of sandbar sharks. In one study, Joung et al. (2004) found the oldest male to be 19.8 years old and the oldest female to be 20.8 years old. While, Sminkey et al. (1996) mention that sandbar sharks can live to be over 30 years old. According to Joung et al. (2004), “lack of accurate age information on sharks has been a major stumbling block to fisheries research.” Sandbar sharks can be found in captivity in aquariums, but captive lifespan is unknown.
Status: wild: 20 years.
- Sminkey, T., J. Musick. 1996. Demographic Analysis of the Sandbar Shark, Carcharhinus plumbeus, in the Western North Atlantic. Fishery Bulletin, 94: 341-347.