Pet sharks are available in the United States from aquarium specialty stores or online retailers. Aquarium specialty stores like Aquarium & Pets Emporium in Florida are most likely to carry sharks; pet store chains such as Petco and PetSmart do not.
Online retailers such as LiveAquaria.com, SharksforSale.org, or SharkSupply.com all provide live sharks to individual purchasers. Shoppers who choose to purchase online should check that the retailer guarantees live arrival of the shark and confirm that the online retailer sells to individuals. Not all retailers sell aquarium sharks for non-commercial purposes; many sell only to zoos or aquariums.
Veteran shark keepers recommend purchasing sharks from a local retailer. This allows the buyer to check the animal for any illness, injury or other issues prior to purchase.