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Blind Shark

“Brachaelurus waddi”

The common name of this species arose from its behavior of closing its eyes when landed by anglers. The Blind Shark lives in shallow coastal waters and feeds at night on invertebrates and small fishes. The Blind Shark has a slightly flattened head, small eyes and a nasal barbel projecting from both nostrils. It has two dorsal fins that are close together and located well back on the body. The small anal fin is located just before the long caudal fin. The species is brown to black on top and yellowish below. It often has light spots and about eleven dark saddles across the back.

The Blind Shark grows to 1.2 meters in length. It lives from southern Queensland to southern New South Wales. The Blind Shark lives in shallow coastal waters. Juveniles are often seen in high-energy surge zones, whereas adults are usually seen during the day in caves and under ledges. It occurs in depths ranging from the inter-tidal zone down to 140 meters. The Blind Shark feeds at night on invertebrates and small fishes and is a harmless species.

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