These cute critters are only seen off the eastern coast of Australia (figures… they have adorable quokkas, the platypus, kangaroos and koalas, of course they get a cute shark), but rarely- they’re an uncommon bullhead shark (family: Heterodontidae). They are rather small (only reaching a max length of 1.2 m or almost 4 ft), and has large ridges above their eyes and their large, blotchy pattern. If seen, they’re anywhere from the coast to 93 m (305 ft), bottom-dwellers who are nocturnal and favor rocky reefs and highly vegetative areas.
They are oviparous, and unlike the spiraled egg cases that the Port Jackson sharks lay, theirs are auger-shaped. These are secured to seaweed, coral, and sponges with their sticky tendrils.
The IUCN has listed these harmless sharks as Least Concern, “LC,” as it is rarely caught by bycatch or shark nets.
Who wants to head to Australia with me to dive with these cuties?