The genus name Rhizoprionodon is Greek for the words, “rhiza” meaning root, “prion” meaning saw and “odous” meaning teeth. The species name, terraenovae, is Latin for new land. Their common name comes from their long, pointed snout. They’re also called the “sharp-nosed shark” and “white shark.”
This shark is a “small” species, with maximum length being 110 cm (43.3 inches). Males are mature between 80-85 cm (31.5-33.5 inches) and females reach maturity at 85-90 cm (33.5-35.5 inches). They are a number of grey shades, and have a light iridescence on their sides (or maybe I was seeing things due to dehydration). Adults tend to have white spots on their sides, and white on the edges of their pectoral (side) fins. Younger sharks have black on the edges of their pectoral fins.
This shark is used primarily as bait for other larger sharks, but their meat is also sold for consumption (I do not recommend eating shark meat due to high mercury levels). They are one of the most commonly caught small coastal sharks, and easily die on longlines. These sharks are also caught as bycatch.
The Atlantic sharpnose shark is listed as "Least Concern" by the IUCN.