Leopard Sharks 2014

JUVENILE LEOPARD SHARKS 

Our Latest Washington Blvd. Tidal Gate Visitors  01-16-14


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The sharks can find their way out of the canals during the twice weekly tidal flushing.

The leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) is a species of houndsharkfamily Triakidae, found along the Pacific coast of North America from the U.S. state of Oregon to Mazatlán in Mexico. Typically measuring 1.2–1.5 m (3.9–4.9 ft) long, this slender-bodied shark is immediately identifiable by the striking pattern of black saddle-like markings and large spots over its back, from which it derives its common name.  Large schools of leopard sharks are a common sight in bays and estuaries, swimming over sandy or muddy flats or rock-strewn areas near kelp beds and reefs.  They are most common near the coast, in water less than 4 m (13 ft) deep.

Active-swimming predators, groups of leopard sharks often follow the tide onto intertidal mudflats to forage for food, mainly clamsspoon wormscrabsshrimpbony fish, and fish eggs. 

Information:  Whitney Sander,  Photos by:  Patrick Harbinson