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The zebra shark is a common shallow-water species found near coral reefs in the Indian Ocean and western Pacific. It is a nocturnal hunter preying on shrimp, crabs, snails and sea urchins, as well as small fish. The zebra shark can often be seen resting on the bottom. When swimming, it can be easily identified by its color pattern and it long wavy tail fin.
The zebra shark gets its name because, when newly hatched, the young have vertical black and white stripes. The stripes gradually break up into spots as the animal grows. This species is also known as the “Australian leopard shark”.
Be sure to look for this beautiful shark in the Ocean Voyager gallery.