Bonnethead Shark

No. 200329

by Safari Ltd
$5.99USD

A member of the hammerhead genus, the bonnethead shark can be found in coastal waters throughout northern South America, Central America, and southern North America. Compared to other shark species they are fairly small, and rarely grow beyond 2 to 3 feet long.

  • Scientific Name: Sphyrna tiburo
  • Characteristics: Not only are shark attacks on humans exceptionally rare to begin with, the bonnethead shark has not been associated with any attacks on humans. Hand painted and beautifully sculpted, this figurine makes a perfect gift for aspiring or experienced marine biologists alike!
  • Size and Color: Standing 2 inches tall and 5.5 inches long, our bonnethead shark model is the size of a soda can on its side. Like most shark species, the bonnethead has a slate gray body with a white underside.
  • The Bonnethead Shark is part of the Wild Safari® Sea Life collection.
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free.
  • History:

    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
    Present Status 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.