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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

Zebra Shark Stegostoma fasciatum

The zebra shark is often seen by divers around coral reefs. Its long, ridged body and densely spotted skin make it unmistakable.

Juveniles have stripes instead of spots and no ridges. This shark spends most of the day lying on the reef, usually facing into the current. At night, it squirms its flexible body into cracks and crevices on the reef, searching for mollusks, crustaceans, and small fish.

What Oceana Does

Oceana works to protect sharks from bycatch and shark finning.

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  • Order Orectolobiformes
  • Length Up to 8 ft (2.4 m)
  • Weight Not recorded
  • Depth 0–210 ft (0–63 m)
  • Distribution Indian Ocean and southwestern Pacific
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