true that is a sandbar. Any shark that has an interdorsal ridge like the one in the picture is protected...see the raised ridge between dorsal fin and last fin before tail...nice one ...bet it was fun to catch!
Thanks for the follow up and education. I only use circle hooks with mono leaders in order to release all sharks jewelry free. Still struggle on the Id side of things. I’d didn’t appreciate the interdorsal ridge but will look for it in the future.
To me it looks like the pectorals insert before the dorsal fin starts sloping up. Here are a few more pics.
Not sure on the wounds. Closer than the end of the leader but could have been the mono tag end or the free sliding weight if the shark got tangled in the leader. the wound didn’t look “fresh” so I’m not sure.