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COMMON NAME:
Bonnethead Sharks

SPECIES NAME:
Sphyrna Tiburo

DESCRIPTION:
Small shark with spade-shaped head; can reach about 5 feet in length

HABITAT: 
Bays and estuaries, with a range from North Carolina to Argentina; but also in the Eastern Pacific

ON EXHIBIT: 
Adventure Zone A

Bonnethead Sharks

A new species to Adventure Aquarium, Bonnetheads are one of the most abundant sharks in south Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, and they can typically be found in shallow bays and mangrove communities. Bonnethead Sharks frequently get mistaken for a baby hammerhead. While they are a species of Hammerhead Sharks, they attain a small size and their head resembles a shovel more than a hammer.

Like most species of Hammerheads, Bonnetheads are very shy and difficult to approach. They are not a threat to humans. Despite its small size, Bonnetheads use their mallet-shaped heads to help detect electrical stimuli from potential prey - just like the larger Hammerhead species do.