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Don't know the shark, but I will defend the artist. These days there are some very negative side effects to publicizing kids' names and photos, especially without their parents' permission. A lot of folks blank out their license plates too, when showing off pics of their boats. I'm not gonna toss any flak that direction...
 

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Atlantic Sharpnose Shark

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica]Family Carcharhinidae, REQUIEM SHARKS[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica]Rhizoprionodon terraenovae[/FONT]
Illustrations and Copyright by Diane Rome Peebles
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[FONT=Arial, Helvetica]Description: long and flattened snout; white trailing edge of pectoral; black-edged dorsal and caudal fins, especially when young; may have small whitish spots on sides; furrows in lips at the corners of the mouth; outer margin of teeth notched; second dorsal fin originates over middle of anal fin; brown to olive-gray in color with white underside; slender body.[/FONT] [FONT=Arial, Helvetica]Similar Fish: other carcharhinids.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica]Where found: INSHORE species, even found in surf; also common in bays and estuaries; adults occur OFFSHORE.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica]Size: small species, 2 to 4 feet.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica]Remarks: mature adults between 2 and 2.75 feet long; 4-7 newborns range from 9 to 14 inches in length; adults feed on small fish and crustaceans.[/FONT]

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica][Fish Identification] [/FONT]​


Looks like it could be an Atlantic Sharpnose. An adult is 2-4 feet in length. The one the girl is holding has the white trailing edge on the fins as described.
 
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