How to identify a Tope Shark
This species is characterized by a rather long, pointed snout, oval eye, and distinctive teeth, which have a sharp oblique cusp and 3-5 coarse basal serrations. The second dorsal fin is nearly over the anal fin and about the same size. The terminal lobe of the caudal fin is extremely large, about half the length of the upper lobe. Tope are ovoviviparous, giving birth to 10-50 young per litter, with an average litter of approximately 35 young.
Where to catch Tope Shark
Tope sharks are moderately large, wide ranging, active, schooling sharks found in coastal continental waters of the Eastern Pacific, Western South Atlantic, Eastern Atlantic, Southwestern Indian, and Western South Pacific Oceans. In the United States, the tope shark can be found along the continental US west coast.In the upper latitudes of its range, this species is a very migratory shark. In certain locations, these sharks will move toward the poles during the summer months and back towards the equator during the colder winter months. They are very strong swimmers and can swim up to 35 miles each day.These sharks are an abundant species that reside in continental and inshore waters including shallow bays. It can also be found offshore in deeper waters as well as in the surf zone near beaches. The following list includes additional details on where to catch this fish: