The whitetip reef shark is a small shark and it is easily recognisable by its slender body and short but broad head, as well as tubular skin flaps beside the nostrils. It is one of the most common sharks found on Indo-Pacific coral reefs. Photo credit: The Deep, Hull
Species of nocturnal carpet shark found in the tropical Indo-Pacific, frequenting coral reefs and sandy flats. Adults have a distinctive appearance, with a pattern of dark spots on a pale background.
Inhabits subtropical and temperate waters worldwide, typically sandy shorelines and submerged reefs. It has a sharp, pointy head, bulky body, and are grey with reddish-brown spots on their backs.
Common inshore bottom-dwelling sharks, found in tropical and subtropical waters on the continental and insular shelves. Common habitats are reefs and sand flats and they can reach a length of 4.3m.
Named for their distinctive and unusually shaped heads, which are flattened and extended into a “hammer” shape called a “cephalofoil”. They can be found worldwide in warmer waters along coastlines.
Uncommon species of bullhead shark occurring off eastern Australia. Nocturnal and bottom-dwelling, they favour rocky reefs and vegetated areas, hunting for sea urchins and other small organisms.
Among the most abundant sharks inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Prefers shallow, inshore waters, and its exposed first dorsal fin is a common sight in the region.
These nocturnal animals can survive out of the water for up to 12 hours. They have barbels, which are sensory organs that look like whiskers. Hence their common name of “Cat shark”.