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Port Jackson Shark

Heterodontus portusjacksoni

Port Jackson Shark Average Length  – 3ft

They have a blunt head and high brows over their eyes. They are grey or brown in color and have a distinctive “harness-like” marking across their eyes and side of its body.

They have flat teeth used for crushing hard-shelled prey.

They are primarily found around South Australia, stretching all the way around to the Western Australian coast.

They prefer sandy and muddy areas as well as rocky environments.

Sea Urchins, Molluscs, Crustaceans, and Small Fish.

They are nocturnal; hiding in caves and crevices during the day. After dusk, they forage for food.

They have the ability to breathe and eat at the same time, which is unusual for sharks since they need to have their mouth open in order to force water through their gills.

They are harmless to humans, however, if provoked their powerful jaws could give a painful bite.

Port Jacksons are listed as “Least Concern” according to the IUCN Red List.

Information we loved from the Australian Museum.

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