Bonnethead Shark

Size: Up to 4 feet long
Habitat/Range: Tropical and subtropical coral reefs, estuaries and shallow bays of eastern Pacific and western Atlantic Oceans


The bonnethead shark is one of the most abundant sharks in south Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. It can typically be found in shallow bays and mangrove communities. It is frequently mistaken for a baby great hammerhead shark, although its head resembles a shovel more than a hammer. It is the smallest of the nine different species of hammerhead shark.