But scientists recently discovered that the diet of one shark species, called the bonnethead shark
, also includes plants.
It's called the bonnethead shark
, and its plant of choice is seagrass, according to the study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
The species in question is a bonnethead shark
(Sphyrna tiburo), a member of the hammerhead family commonly found in the depths of eastern Pacific, western Atlantic, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Caption: The author holding a bonnethead shark
; a student measures a young bonnethead.
Placentation and associated aspects of gestation in the bonnethead shark
, Sphyrna tiburo.
Our test species included fish with predation styles ranging from those that would likely engulf a sea hare (bonnethead shark
) to others that would likely attack a sea hare by pecking small pieces from it (wrasses, pinfish, mummichogs).
HOOKED With her new pals SPOT ON Leopard shark has a nosy FIN THE DEEP END Sinead Noonan with bonnethead shark
in Sealife Centre in Bray, Co, Wicklow, yesterday
Geneticists have confirmed a case of birth without mating in a bonnethead shark
, one of the smaller hammerhead species.
Another species that seems to possess a detached social life is the bonnethead shark
. Although usually these sharks are found solitary or in small groups composed from three to fifteen individuals, in some cases they can be re-united to form great gatherings.
The bonnethead shark
, Sphyrna tiburo, was the species captured second most often in the small coastal group and overall was the third most encountered species.
In the study, Nifong confirmed four separate instances in which an American alligator ate a lemon shark, a nurse shark, a bonnethead shark
, and an Atlantic stingray.
Metabolism and swimming efficiency of the bonnethead shark