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Scalloped hammerhead

Scalloped hammerhead

Blacktip reef shark

Blacktip reef shark

Whitespotted wedgefish

Whitespotted wedgefish

Ocellated eagle ray

Ocellated eagle ray

Flapnose ray

Flapnose ray

Whitetail stingray

Whitetail stingray

Round ribbontail ray

Round ribbontail ray

Leopard whipray

Leopard whipray

Whitespotted surgeonfish

Whitespotted surgeonfish

Giant grouper

Giant grouper

Atlantic Goliath Grouper

Atlantic Goliath Grouper

Bowmouth guitarfish

Bowmouth guitarfish

Giant moray

Giant moray

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Zebra shark

Zebra shark

Spotted wobbegong

Spotted wobbegong

Brownbanded bambooshark

Brownbanded bambooshark

Epaulette shark

Epaulette shark

Longspined porcupinefish

Longspined porcupinefish

Golden trevally

Golden trevally

Blackside hawkfish

Blackside hawkfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Green moray

Green moray

Common blue-strips snapper

Common blue-strips snapper

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Raccoon butterflyfish

Raccoon butterflyfish

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Orbicular batfish

Orbicular batfish

Bignose unicornfish

Bignose unicornfish

Humphead wrasse

Humphead wrasse

Yellowbar angelfish

Yellowbar angelfish

King angelfish

King angelfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Snubnose pompano

Snubnose pompano

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Dark-banded fusilier

Dark-banded fusilier

Potato grouper

Potato grouper

Great barracuda

Great barracuda

Indo-pacific tarpon

Indo-pacific tarpon

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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The zebra shark cannot take bites out of its food, because its teeth are meant for crushing the food. At Den Blå Planet National Aquarium Denmark, the aquarium staff serve a tasty seafood buffet to the zebra shark featuring a wide selection of squid, mussels, shrimp, pieces of large fish, such as cod, flatfish and mackerel, and small fish, such as goby and capelin.

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.


A shipwreck

Asian coral reef

Seadragons

The small mouths

The pier

The pier

Fish nursery

Coral reef