A diverse group of seven chondrichthyan families that includes a number of iconic and highly specialised sharks, including the Goblin Shark, the Basking Shark, the Megamouth Shark, and apex marine predators such as the White Shark, nurse sharks and thresher sharks.
Species are found worldwide in tropical and temperate oceanic and coastal waters, often to great depths. Most species are streamlined open-water sharks that swim constantly. All families occur in Australian waters.
Mackeral Sharks have two dorsal fins (without spines) and an anal fin, but lack a nictitating membrane on the eye. They range in size from 1-10 metres.
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