Zebra Sharks Need Love, Too

posted: 05/28/15
by: Danny Clemens

Sharks have a reputation to maintain as menaces of the sea, but even a shark can't turn down a good belly rub. A diver in an aquarium tank got this zebra shark right in its sweet spot - if you look closely, it almost looks like the little guy is smiling and laughing along.

The zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) is a nocturnal creature; it spends its day resting on the sea floor, and its evenings on the hunt for crustaceans and mollusks. They are identified by the five ridges found on their body, which are adorned with chocolate-brown spots. Adult zebra sharks can grow to a length of over 8 feet (2.5m). The species is presently classified as Vulnerable by the World Conservation Union. Its biggest threat is commercial fisheries, which hunt the sharks for their fins and meat.


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