Good role model, clearly.
The brown shyshark (Haploblepharus fuscus), also known as “plain happy” is a catshark in the Scyliorhinidae family.
Hold up, before we go any further: plain happy? Really? Pardon me, but that’s adorable. I want my common name to be “plain happy.” Make it a thing, guys.
Brown shysharks are a rather small species, like most shysharks, only reaching 29 in (73 cm) in length. They have a flattened head, a round snout, and tiny little eyes. Most shysharks have large bands (or saddles) spanning across their backs, with a smattering of spots. Our little plain happy? Nope. Just brown.
Am I the only one thinking of “chocolate” here? Nope? Just me? Okay…
As for reproduction, they are oviparous. Meaning hey, you might spot some of their egg cases (known as “mermaid purses”) along the beach once the shark pups hatch. While out in the water, you might even get to see these sharks- no worries, they’re harmless! Yet, the IUCN has labeled brown shysharks as “Vulnerable” because they have a small range and are an endemic species. Although there isn’t a fishery interest for them, these two factors do make their population vulnerable.
What do you think about this shark?