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bonnethead

Bonnethead Shark

Sphyrna tiburo

Habitat: Abundant in nearshore Florida waters. Commonly seen over shallow sand and mud flats. Moves into deeper coastal waters during the colder months.

Feeding: Feeds primarily on crabs, shrimp, mollusks, and small fishes.

Reproduction: Gives birth to live young. Litters contain 4–16 pups. Size at birth about 12 inches.

Size/Age: Smallest member of the hammerhead family. Maximum length about 3.5 feet. Matures at approximately 2 years of age (about 30 inches) and is estimated to live 7+ years.

Human factors: Edible, but marketed mostly as crab bait. Good sport fish; use light tackle with live shrimp or cut-bait. Harmless to humans. Often displayed in aquaria.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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