Shovel sharks are large sharks found in warm ocean regions of Ocearia. They are a common sight in open oceans, and are rather docile yet can pose a threat to sapient life.
Shovel sharks have a large, barrel shaped body covered in smooth grey scales. Their heads are large and flat in the shape of a shovel. Their 3 pairs of eyes are found on either side of the head, surrounded by a yellow layer of thick skin which aims to protect their eyes. it's mouth goes from the top of its head to the bottom, which makes it unique with other shark species. Their 3 sets of fins exist spiralling the body, the first set of fins just behind the head, the second near its doral fin, and the third just in front of its tail fins. The tails of shovel sharks have sharp edges and are 99% muscles. The creatures have an overall grey appearance, with several yellow stripes along their bodies reaching from their heads to their tails.
Genetics and Reproduction
Shovel sharks lay eggs known as mermaid's purses, with the babies growing encased in a thin, rectangular "purse". These eggs are laid on rocks, where they will remain glued to it and spend 5 weeks as the sharks grow. Gestation period is about 50 days, where the female will seek refuge in small caves, guarded by their mate. If the female cannot find a mate, they are able to reproduce asexually.
Growth Rate & Stages
Baby shovel sharks will hatch from their eggs after 5 weeks, and they will spend most of their time near the female, watching her hunt for food and slowly learning how to survive. Babies reach sexual maturity after their 3rd year, and are classified as adults when they reach their 4th.
Ecology and Habitats
Shovel sharks are seen in a range of environments, but enjoy a sea temperature of over 26 degrees, coincidentally the temperature to produce a tropical revolving storm. They are most common to live in groups in oceans of a depth ranging 20 - 60 metres, swimming close to the seabed. They have been seen roaming coral reefs in their gangs and seek out easy food to eat.
Dietary Needs and Habits
This shark species is carnivorous. They prey on small fish that live in open waters and in coral reefs, snapping their mouths as they chase fish. Small shockwaves get sent out when the creature snaps their mouths, which aims to stun their prey and make it easier to catch them.