How to Draw a Sandbar Shark

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Sandbar Shark in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Sandbar Shark.

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How to Draw a Sandbar Shark - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First, draw the head of the shark in a triangular shape

Step 2: Draw the face and the dorsal fin. Draw a line on the underside of the body and a dot for the eye. Make a smaller dot at the tip of the head for the nose

Step 3: Next, draw the gills and the fin. Draw four vertical lines for the gills and draw the fin in a triangular shape

Step 4: Draw the rest of the body and some fins underneath. The body gets smaller as it goes back from the head

Step 5: Draw a little fin on top and draw the tail fin. The top part of the tail is larger than the bottom. Make your lines a little bit jagged to show texture.

Interesting Facts about Sandbar Sharks

Sandbar Sharks are sharks that live near muddy shallow water like coastal bays. They are found along most coastal areas all over the world. They are found in the Atlantic, Indian, Mediterranean, and Western Pacific oceans. Sandbar Sharks can be pinky to gray colored and have really tall fins. The fin on their back and on their tail is normally the same size. Sharks don’t ever stop swimming; they are constantly looking for food. Sandbar Sharks eat fish, oysters, clams, and crustaceans.

Did you know?

  • A litter of pups is 1-14.
  • All over the world Sandbar Sharks are hunted for their fins and meat.
  • Sandbar Sharks are eaten by Tiger Sharks and Great Whites.
  • In the Northwest Atlantic the Sandbar Shark is the second most hunted shark. The first is the Blue Shark.
  • The Sandbar Shark’s skin is also tanned for leather.

Activity: Create a cute shark with your class. Paint two Styrofoam cups gray or whatever color the student wants to use. Tape the cups together facing each other. Add some google eyes and glue a “toothy” strip of white construction paper across the bottom of one side. Finish the little guy with a top fin and a tail made out of construction paper.