The spotted gully shark (Triakis megalopterus) is also commonly known as the sharptooth houndshark and sweet William. That's the second shark we know with the common name "William." Who is this William and why does he get sharks named after him? Is he really that sweet?
But, getting off topic. In the Triakidae family, they can reach lengths of up to 1.7 metres and are known to school during the summer. Their preferred habitats are sandy beaches, kelp forests and rocky reefs to about 50 metres deep; here, they hunt for crabs, lobsters, small fishes and smaller sharks!
They are a stocky shark, and have a grey-tan color that serves as a perfect backdrop to the spots scattered on this animal's body. Juveniles tend to have fewer spots than adults- sometimes they have none! Like many sharks, they exhibit counter-shading and have a creamy underbelly. Endemic to Southern Africa, they are observed from southern Angola and Namibia to the Natal Province in eastern South Africa. #Finfact: This animal is pretty common along the Western Cape. Their meat can be dried into shark "biltong" or jerky, which sells for a high price locally, or is shipped fresh or frozen overseas. The IUCN has assessed them as Near Threatened (NT).
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