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    BONNETHEAD SHARK
    Sphyrna tiburo


                                                                                                    Photo Credit: (c) Doug Perrine

    Habitat
    Abundant in nearshore Florida waters. Commonly seen over shallow sand and mud flats.
    Moves into deeper coastal waters during the colder months.

    Feeding
    Feeds primarily on crabs, shrimp, mollusks, and small fishes.

    Reproduction
    Gives birth to live young. Litters contain 4-16 pups. Size at birth about 12 inches.

    Size/Age
    Smallest member of the hammerhead family. Maximum length about 3.5 feet. Matures at
    approximately 2 years of age (about 30 inches) and is estimated to live 7+ years.

    Human factors
    Edible, but marketed mostly as crab bait. Good sport fish; use light tackle with live shrimp
    or cut-bait. Harmless to humans. Often displayed in aquaria.






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