The Atlantic sharpnose shark is considered a small species of shark reaching up to 43-inches. The first dorsal is located directly over or slightly in front of the pectoral rear tips. The second dorsal fin originates above the middle of the anal fin. Several different shades of gray including olive, blue and brown are characteristic of the sharpnose’s dorsal area. Most adult specimens have white spots on their sides and white trailing edges of the pectoral fins. Young sharks have black on the dorsal and caudal fin edges. This shark commonly inhabits both warm-temperate and tropical waters.