This is the smallest species in the family of hammerhead-like sharks.

Size  Up to 5 feet (150 cm)

Diet  Crabs, shrimps and small fishes

Lifespan  Thought to be 6 to 7 years

Range  Subtropical regions in the Western Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Oceans

Habitat  Bonnethead sharks are found near coral reefs, in mangroves and other shallow coastal waters

Predators  Larger sharks are known to prey on bonnethead sharks.

Relatives  Bonnethead sharks are part of the family Sphyrnidae, which includes

more than 8 species of hammerhead-like sharks. The largest of them is the

great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran).

Family life  Bonnethead sharks reproduce every year. The mother is

pregnant for 4.5 to 5 months, which is the shortest known shark gestation

period. Individuals of this species have a small home range, and are very attached

to their birth site.

Conservation status  Least Concern  Despite pressures from both targeted and

accidental fishing, this species remains abundant and at the last assessment it had

some of the highest population growth rates calculated for sharks. (source: IUCN)

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