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- The bamboo shark will use its muscular fins like legs to help it “crawl” along the ocean floor or reef. Like a catfish, this shark has barbels near its mouth that help it locate food hidden in the sand.
- In Latin, the scientific name for Blacktip Shark, “limbatus,” means “bordered," referring to the shark’s black-tipped fins – one of its most identifiable physical characteristics.
- The Arabian carpet shark uses its camouflaged body to help blend in with the sea floor and ambush its prey.
- Mexican horn sharks can lay 2 spiral egg cases about every 2 weeks for 3 months per year.
- Great hammerheads are the largest known species of hammerhead and can grow to 20 feet and weigh 1,000 lbs. They can also give birth to as many as 50 pups at once.
- Silky sharks like to eat squid and tuna. They appear to be “silky” because they have tightly packed scales, or dermal denticles.
- At certain times of the year, scalloped hammerheads swim in schools of several hundred animals—unusual behavior for predators at the top of the food chain.
- Zebra shark is a type of carpet shark that has stripes on its body that look similar to a zebra’s stripes when it's young. As it ages, its skin becomes more spotted and is often called a leopard shark.
- Did you know blacktip sharks are viviparous — producing live pups instead of eggs — and give birth to up to 10 pups each year?