Shark, Bonnethead

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Shark, Bonnethead

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Scientific Name

Sphyrna tiburo

Common Names

Bonnet shark, Shovelnose shark


Bonnethead Shark’s take their name for distinctive head, though resembling a Hammerhead the Bonnethead has a spade shaped head. This spade shape is curved more than other Hammerheads. Similarly to the Smooth Hammerhead, the Bonnethead has no notch or groove on its head. The coloration of this shark ranges from grey to brownish-grey.

Habitat & Behaviour

Bonnethead Sharks can be found near coastal areas that have shelves or large drop-offs. Often spotted in reefs and shallow water the Bonnethead can also be found near muddy or sandy bottom areas.

Natural Prey

The Bonnethead is equipped with a head that maximizes vision and as it scans the seafloor it feeds on a healthy diet of crabs, shrimps and small fish. It has also been known to occasionally snack on vegetation.

Handling Tips

It goes without saying that you should steer well clear of any sharks mouth. They also have rough skin which if whipped on you can leave a rash. Little ones wiggle a quite a bit, grab behind gills and hold tail. Larger sharks tail snare if you can and keep in water. When releasing sharks try to leave as little line as possible. Hooks rot out in a few weeks. Pro Angler supports shark conservation and recommends you catch and release. If brought into the boat, leave for 15-20 minutes before handling, shark will tire and be easier to handle as their body is very strong as well. Known to even play dead before snapping at you, so be careful!