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Loggerhead sea turtle

Loggerhead sea turtle

Scalloped hammerhead

Scalloped hammerhead

Blacktip reef shark

Blacktip reef shark

Whitespotted wedgefish

Whitespotted wedgefish

Ocellated eagle ray

Ocellated eagle ray

Flapnose ray

Flapnose ray

Round ribbontail ray

Round ribbontail ray

Leopard whipray

Leopard whipray

Giant grouper

Giant grouper

Atlantic Goliath grouper

Atlantic Goliath grouper

Bowmouth guitarfish

Bowmouth guitarfish

Zebra shark

Zebra shark

Spotted wobbegong

Spotted wobbegong

Golden trevally

Golden trevally

Blackside hawkfish

Blackside hawkfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Threadfin butterflyfish

Threadfin butterflyfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Common bluestripe snapper

Common bluestripe snapper

Five-lined snapper

Five-lined snapper

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Yellowbanded sweetlips

Yellowbanded sweetlips

Clown triggerfish

Clown triggerfish

Humphead wrasse

Humphead wrasse

Yellowbar angelfish

Yellowbar angelfish

King angelfish

King angelfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Snubnose pompano

Snubnose pompano

Indo-pacific tarpon

Indo-pacific tarpon

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Dark-banded fusilier

Dark-banded fusilier

Potato grouper

Potato grouper

Zebra shark

Zebra shark

Facts

LatinStegostoma fasciatum
Size354 cm
FoodCrabs, snails, mussels and fish
HabitatSand and gravel bottom at coral reefs
IUCN

Vulnerable

Vulnerable. The biggest threat is fishery

LocationThe Indian Ocean and Western Pacific
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A zebra with spots

The zebra shark is light yellow with black spots. It has zebra stripes only when it is young.

50% tail

Half of the zebra shark is comprised of its tail. This makes the zebra shark very good at wriggling into narrow holes and crevices when it is in search of food.

Rests on the seabed

Some sharks must constantly swim in order to breathe, but not the zebra shark. When it rests on the seabed, it pumps water over its gills through the large spiracle behind each eye.

A teachable shark

Zebra sharks are easy to train and sometimes aquarists may be permitted to pet the zebra shark.


The Shipwreck

Venomous fish

Darkfin hind

The small mouths

Tropical touchpool

Coral reef

Small fish

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