Latest Leopard shark Stories

2010-08-20 16:29:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Aquarium of the Bay today welcomed a 9.5 ft. long, 319 lb. female sevengill shark, Notorhychus cepedianus, one of the largest sharks it has ever exhibited. The Aquarium, which conducts extensive research on sharks in the San Francisco Bay, will eventually tag the animal and release it back to the exact point in the Bay where it was collected. "The new sevengill, which was collected as part of our ongoing shark research program, is swimming...

2009-10-15 09:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Growing to 11 ft. in length, Sevengills are the largest of the five species of sharks that are commonly found in San Francisco Bay, but little is known about their lifestyle or habitat requirements. In 2008, Aquarium of the Bay partnered with the UC-Davis Biotelemetry Lab to learn more about the sharks' long-term movements and breeding patterns. To date, this innovative program has implanted acoustic transmitters in 25 Sevengills. Monitors...

2008-09-01 06:00:15

By Gideon Rubin HAYWARD -- A school of small fish quickly scattered as some scallops, smelt and shrimp, among other treats are dropped into a large tank. A 3-year-old leopard shark devoured everything he could get to. The others got the leftovers. Sunday's open-to-the-public shark "Feeding Frenzy" is a monthly event at Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, where the shark shares a 300-gallon tank with surfperch, crabs and other marine species. And as the mealtime shows, it is a less...

2006-02-08 17:40:00

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal grand jury has indicted a church pastor and five others for trying to catch and sell small leopard sharks found off the Pacific Coast, officials said on Wednesday. In a January 24 indictment unsealed on Tuesday and announced on Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney for Northern California said the group harvested thousands of sharks smaller than 36 inches, which are protected by law. Then about 465 were sold to pet trade distributors in the United States, the...

Latest Leopard shark Reference Libraries

Leopard Shark, Triakis semifasciata
2009-01-20 20:40:18

The Leopard Shark (Triakis semifasciata) is a species of hound shark found in the coastal waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean, along the coast of North America from Oregon to Baja California. Its habitat is rocky areas, rocky reefs, kelp beds, sandy areas and under piers. Tagging has revealed that stock is mostly resident in San Francisco Bay. However, about 10 percent of the population migrate further out into the ocean seasonally. They swim mainly at depths of 10 to 250 feet. They prefer...

2007-03-12 22:40:00

The tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier, one of the largest sharks, is the only member of the genus Galeocerdo. Mature sharks average 10 to 14 ft (3.25 to 4.25 m) and weigh 850 to 1400 lb (385 to 635 kg). It is found in many of the tropical and temperate regions of the world's oceans, and is especially common around islands in the central Pacific. This shark is a solitary hunter, usually hunting at night. Its name is derived from the dark stripes down its body, which fade as the shark matures....

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