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Zebra shark stunning underwater video
Stegostoma fasciatum the Zebra shark is a species of carpet shark. Many people call it Leopard shark due it’s adult pattern, however the name retrieves from the juvenile.
Young zebra sharks under 50–90 cm long have a completely different pattern, consisting of light vertical stripes on a dark brown background, and lack the ridges.
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Vulnerable (Population decreasing)
S. fasciatum is considered a “lazy shark” since it lays on the seafloor and only swims when hunting mostly nocturnal (night time)
Adult zebra sharks are distinctive in appearance, with five longitudinal ridges on a cylindrical body, a low caudal fin comprising nearly half the total length, and usually a pattern of dark spots on a pale background. This species attains a length of 2.5 m.
Image Gallery Zebra Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum)
6 Facts of Stegostoma fasciatum
The zebra shark is oviparous: females produce several dozen large egg capsules, which they anchor to underwater structures via adhesive tendrils
The zebra shark feeds primarily on shelled molluscs, though it also takes crustaceans, small bony fishes, and possibly sea snakes.
The color pattern in young sharks is dark brown above and light yellow below, with vertical yellow stripes and spots. As the shark grows to 50–90 cm (20–35 in) long, the dark areas begin to break up, changing the general pattern from light-on-dark stripes to dark-on-light spots.
The World Conservation Union has assessed this species as Endangered worldwide
There are 28–33 tooth rows in the upper jaw and 22–32 tooth rows in the lower jaw
The zebra shark attains a length of 2.5 m (8.2 ft), with an unsubstantiated record of 3.5 m (11 ft)
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