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Meet the World’s First Omnivorous Shark Species

Post by Dragon on Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:36 am

Bonnethead sharks enjoy a diet of up to 60 percent seagrass, as well as crab, shrimp, snails and bonyfish

For one shark subspecies, this fictional scenario isn’t actually too far from the truth, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Although sharks are often portrayed as the quintessential bloodthirsty marine predator, the bonnethead—a close relative of the hammerhead—adheres to an omnivorous diet, chomping down on a mixture of smaller creatures and seagrass.

Bonnethead sharks are smaller than their famed hammerhead kin. The National Aquarium states that the sharks typically grow to a length of 30 to 48 inches and weight of up to 24 pounds. Members of the species have narrower and more rounded heads than hammerheads. Roughly 4.9 million bonnetheads reside in the coastal outskirts of North America, making them one of the most populous species in the region, Hannah Osborne writes for Newsweek.

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Post by Dragon on Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:38 am


(Wikimedia Commons)

Until now, it’s been unclear whether the bonnethead’s seagrass consumption was intentional or the result of indiscriminate feeding

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Post by Dragon on Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:43 am



Bonnethead sharks are smallest of the hammerhead family.




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Post by Dragon on Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:43 am



Bonnethead Shark hypnosis.

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