Zebra Shark By: Connor murphy

Motto: So a zebra and a shark walk into a bar...

The color pattern in young zebra sharks is dark brown above and light yellow below, with vertical yellow stripes and spots. As the shark grows, the dark areas begin to break up, changing the general pattern from light-on-dark stripes to dark-on-light spots.

Docile and slow-moving, zebra sharks are not dangerous to humans and can be easily approached underwater.

The zebra shark feeds primarily on shelled mollusks, though it also takes crustaceans, small bony fishes, and possibly sea snakes.

Zebra sharks are nocturnal and spend most of the day resting motionless on the sea floor.

There are 28–33 tooth rows in the upper jaw and 22–32 tooth rows in the lower jaw.

Young zebra sharks under 50–90 cm (20–35 in) long.

The zebra shark has a cylindrical body with a large, slightly flattened head and a short, blunt snout.

There are unsubstantiated reports of this species from fresh water in the Philippines. Zebra sharks sometimes cross oceanic waters to reach isolated seamounts.

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