Sand Tiger Sharks
Yes, there are sharks in Long Island Sound and this is the biggest of four native species. (The other three are brown sharks and two species of dogfish sharks. Certainly, even more species of sharks visit the Sound; they just aren’t considered native to it.)
Don’t worry about dipping your toes in the Sound, though. The last recorded shark attack was a non-fatal nip in 1961 by an undetermined species, off of Long Island’s north shore.
Don't believe us ... that sharks aren't blood-thirsty marauders? Then watch as our volunteer dive team goes in with the sharks most Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 12:15 & 2:15 p.m. (See latest schedule under Public Programs.)
Sand tiger sharks can grow to 10 to 11 feet long but that’s rare. The 7-footers displayed in the Aquarium are a common mature length.