How to Draw a Spinner Shark

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Spinner 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 Spinner Shark.

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

Step 1: Draw a sideways angle with a shorter bottom end and longer top end.

Step 2: Draw small dot in the point, a dot with a line over it in the middle, a small, narrow angle at the bottom end, and a curve with an upward-pointing angle in the middle at the top end. Draw a small angle inside this angle at the top of the body.

Step 3: Behind the bottom end of the head, draw a W-shape that angles slightly downwards. Connect it to the head with a small curve, and draw a longer curve going out behind it. Draw two small curves going up between the bottom of the head and this fin.

Step 4: Draw a straight line angling down from behind the top fin, and a curve angling up from the bottom end of the body.

Step 5: Close off the rear end with a stretched-out W-shape. Draw a small triangle on top of the rear end and two on the bottom of the rear end. Your spinner shark drawing is complete! You can color it with a grey upper side and white underbelly.

Interesting Facts about Spinner Sharks

The spinner shark is large and slim with a pointed nose area. They have a gray bronze coloring and their belly area is white. The tips of their fins have black on them which is noticeable.They are a fast swimming species of shark, which often jumps out of the water giving it, its name. They will swim with a school of fish and snap on all sides while turning and will leap through the water surface and won’t even slow down before reaching the top.

Did you know?

  • Spinner Sharks average a 6 foot length with the largest shark being 9.1 feet long.
  • Their main diet is swarm fish such as herring and sardines. They will also eat small sharks, rays, tuna, mollusks, grunt and lizard fish as well.
  • There have been no accidents or injury reports with spinner sharks against humans.
  • Spinner Sharks will have 3 to 15 pups each pregnancy. The pregnancy will last between 12 to 15 months in length.
  • These sharks resemble other sharks identifiable by specialists. They are often mistaken for the black tip shark by many.

The Spinner Shark has a wide range and has seasonal migrations. They have been seen almost worldwide and prefer shallow water under 98 feet in depth but have been seen in water to depths of 250 feet. They live in regions such as North Carolina to Cuba and Brazil, probably not living in the Caribbean. They can also be found in the Western Pacific, Coast of North Africa to Cape Verde Islands, Red Sea, Southeast Africa and Madagascar coasts.