blue shark (by PaoloLora)
Fast Facts: Blue sharks ( Prionace glauca)
Blue sharks are large slender, pelagic (open water), blue-indigo-colored sharks. They are sleek sharks with long, pointed fins, pointed snouts, and large eyes. Blue sharks grow to be up to 4m long, averaging 3.35m, and can weigh up to 205.9kg.
Blue sharks are viviparous (their young are born live rather then from an egg). Their gestation period is almost one year.
The conservation status of the blue shark is Near Threatened (NT). A species is Near Threatened when it has been evaluated against the criteria but does not qualify for Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable now, but is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.