Bonnethead Shark: Sphyrna tiburo


  • Broadly widened head in the shape of a shovel
  • Only slight indentation of anal fin
  • Front of head not notched at midline
  • Gray or grayish-brown in color


Bonnethead sharks are an inshore species found in bays and estuaries.


These sharks mature at about 3 feet in length and bear 6 to 12 young at one time.  They feed chiefly on crabs and other crustaceans.

State Record:

This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

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