Just in time for Shark Week, aquarists have added two male Horn Sharks and one female Port Jackson Shark to the Stingray Bay touch tank inside the Aquarium’s Tropical Cove.
The Horn Shark, a species of bullhead shark, is native to the California coast. It can be recognized by its short head with ridges over its eyes and a brown or gray coloration. The Horn Shark can grow to a length of nearly four feet long.
This slow moving sea floor predator hunts at night inside a small home range, extracting its prey from the substrate using suction. The adult diet consists of hard-shelled mollusks, crustaceans and sea urchins which they crush with one of the most powerful bites of any shark, relative to its size.
Port Jackson Shark
Similar to the Horn Shark, the Port Jackson Shark is a nocturnal type of bullhead shark that feeds on mollusks, crustaceans and urchins. This species is native to the coastal region of southern Australia. It also has forehead ridges but has dark markings along a lighter grey or brown body and can grow to over five feet long in the wild.