Salmon shark
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Salmon shark, Lamna ditropis

Salmon sharks are among the true rulers of the North Pacific Ocean, where no other creature eats them except for great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias). They look a lot like great whites, but grow only to ten feet in length. Salmon sharks are notorious predators of salmon, but they also feed on herring, cod, pollock, sculpin and virtually all other fish in their neighborhood. Commercial fishermen do not target salmon sharks, but they may be encountered as bycatch in some fisheries. There are no recorded attacks on humans by these powerful offshore hunters.

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