Four Docents Inspecting a Common Thresher Shark (Alopias vulpinus)
Found on Morro Strand State Beach 10-9-05
(Photos by Mike Baird)

From Sunday, 10-9-05
(L-R) Barbara Akle, Randy Ball, Norma Wightman, Sylvia Rosenberg, 
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Read more information about Thresher Sharks
Thresher sharks are Lamniformes (or mackerel sharks) whose tail fin has a greatly elongated upper lobe.
They are very strong swimmers who can vault completely out of the water.

Kingdom Animalia (animals)
Phylum Chordata
SubPhylum Vertebrata (vertebrates)
Class Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fish)
Subclass Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays)
Order Lamniformes
Family Alopias
Genus Alopias
Species vulpinus