Seven Bonnethead Shark pups are cruising the waters at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Born in mid-November, the pups are thriving in a behind-the scenes tank at the aquarium.
Photo Credt: North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Bonnethead Sharks are the smallest of the Hammerhead Sharks. The purpose of their wide, shovel-like heads, known as cephalofoils, has been debated for decades. It is now believed that their flat heads, with eyes located on the outer edges, give them a very wide field of vision. Sharks in the Hammerhead family can see 360 degrees, meaning they can see to the front, to the sides, and behind themselves. The placement of the eyes also allows the Sharks to see above and below themselves as well.
Such a visual field is an advantage for any animal, allowing it to more easily spot predators and prey.
Bonnethead Sharks are found along the east and west coasts of North and South America. Adults are shy and harmless, growing three to five feet long. They are often seen swimming together in small groups.
See more photos of the pups below the fold.