A sandbar shark was the first real shark I ever saw in person. I’ve always been drawn to their simple elegance: no distinctive markings or coloration, just an impressively large first dorsal fin to really make them stand out. But to me sandbar sharks are a classic among elasmobranchs for that perfect silhouette. If you ask someone to draw the outline of a shark, there’s a good chance it’ll look a lot like a sandbar. It’s a species classified as Vulnerable due to overfishing (both in target fisheries and as bycatch) and its numbers continue to decline. Sandbar sharks aren’t quite as well-represented in shark art as other species, so I did this 16 x 20 acrylic tribute and had some fun with it.