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The Blind Shark is also known as
- BLIND SHARK
Scientific Name.... Brachaelurus Waddi
Family Name...... Brachaeluridae
- General Information: The blind sharks get their
name from their habit of closing their eyes when caught by fishers.
They have a stout, cylindrical body, usually dotted with pale
spots. It has a slightly flattened head, small eyes and a pair
of long smooth nasal barbells, which are connected to the mouth
by a groove the permits water that has passed over the olfactory
organs to flow into the mouth.
- Size: The maximum length of the blind shark
is approximately 3.6 inches, on average they are much smaller
than this. The size of the pups at birth are about 6.4 inches
- Color: The blind shark has a brown to black
body on top and a yellowish color underneath. It often has light
spots across its back.
- Feeding Habits: This species are nocturnal
(feed at night) and feed on anemones, cuttlefishes, crabs and
shrimps. Although invertibrates make up the bulk of their diet,
they also eat small fishes.
- Social Behaviour: They are usually found singly.
Although there is little information available it appears to be
capable of surviving out of water for extended periods of time.
- Habitat | Migration | Distribution: The blind
shark is a secretive nocturnal shark that inhabits warm temperate
and tropical waters, it can occur in water just deep enough to
cover it. It remains in rocky caves and under ledges during the
day and only to move out to feed at night.
- Reproduction: Blind sharks are ovoviviparous
and gives birth to as many as 8 pups in the summer.
- Population Report: Unknown
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