Today’s Underrated Elasmobranch is commonly misidentified as a bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) due to its ability to survive in freshwater environments such as rivers. The ganges shark (Glyphis gangeticus) was first identified in the Ganges River but can be found all over the Indo-West Pacific.
They can reach up to lengths of 6.7 ft (2.04 m). These sharks are considered potentially harmful to humans due to their size, large teeth, and the close proximity to humans, however this ranking may be skewed due to how often they are confused with bull sharks. According to the IUCN Red List, the ganges shark is critically endangered (2007).
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