#5328 Leopard Shark - Artis Royal Zoo Amsterdam (Holland)
Leopard Shark at the Artis Royal Zoo (also known as Natura Artis Magistra), Amsterdam (Holland)
The Leopard Shark is a species of houndshark, in the family Triakidae. It is found along the Pacific coast of North America, from the U.S. state of Oregon to Mazatlán in Mexico. This slender-bodied shark is immediately identifiable by the striking pattern of black saddle-like markings and large spots over its back, from which it derives its common name. Large schools of leopard sharks are a common sight in bays and estuaries, swimming over sandy or muddy flats or rock-strewn areas near kelp beds and reefs. They are most common near the coast, in water less than 4 m (13 ft) deep. Leopard Sharks feed on the bottom of the ocean and like eating crabs, shrimp, clams and octopus. Their diet can change based on the time of the year and their current size. Sometimes they've been known to eat other sharks, but they are harmless to humans.