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Blind Shark (Brachaelurus waddi)
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Taxonomic name: Brachaelurus waddi
The Blind Shark (Brachaelurus waddi) can be found from Morton
Bay down to southern New South Wales. In colour it is light to very dark
chocolate brown with small white specks on the back and flanks. Juveniles
have a series of distinct dark bands on the body that fade and disappear
as they reach adulthood. The body is chubby with a broad head sporting
obvious barbels on the nostrils. A large spiracle can be found behind
each eye allowing it to grub about in silty areas without disturbing its
Blind sharks are nocturnal. They rest in caves, ledges or sheltered crevices
during the day and feed on various invertebrates such as crabs and shells
as well as small fish at night. Blind sharks are often found in heavy
surge zones where rock fishermen occasionally land a specimen. When caught
they close their eyes, a habit which gives them their common name.
In the same family is the Colcloughs Shark (Brachaelurus colcloughi) which
has a smaller range and a higher body profile.