Bonnethead sharks are the only known shark species that display sexual dimorphism. In other words, there’s a distinct physical difference between the males and females. Females have a broad and round head, whereas the male head is less round, and has a noticeable bulge on the edges. The bonnethead is currently classified as least concern by the IUCN, and their population trend is believed to be stable.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 13.75 L x 4 W x 4.75 H
- Size in inches: 5.41 L x 1.57 W x 1.87 H
- UPC: 095866000622
Despite pressure from fisheries - both direct and incidental - bonnethead sharks are not considered to be in any danger and they are listed as Least Concern. The biggest threat comes from the shrimping industry where, in the past, hundreds of thousands of bonnetheads were caught as by-catch each year. There are fishing limits in many areas to keep the placid little shark from becoming overfished.