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The swellshark is found in warm waters of the western Pacific from central California to southern Mexico, as well as off the coast of Chile. It is a bottom-dwelling shark that prefers rocky, algae-covered areas from shallow waters to depths to 1,500 feet. This species is usually solitary, but can often be found piled on top of one another while resting on the bottom.
The swellshark has a stout body with a flat head and short snout. It ranges in color from reddish-brown or yellow-brown with large dark bands and white or yellow spots. This shark can reach just over 3 feet in length. Its large mouth contains 55 to 60 teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.
Look for the swellshark hiding among the rocks in the kelp forest exhibit of the Cold Water Quest gallery.