Most sharks have sand-paper like skin; if you get too close, you might end up with "shark burn" from the dermal denticles rubbing up against your fragile skin.
However, Carcharhinus falciformis has a softer feel than most. The genus name, Carcharhinus is Greek from karcharos meaning "sharpen" and rhinos meaning "nose." This is in relation to their long, rounded snout. They are rather large (with a max length of 3.3 m/10 ft) and slender, with a dark gray/bronze dorsal color and white underbelly. The tips of their fins are dark, too, minus the first dorsal fin.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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