Horn Shark, Heterodontus francisci
The horn shark gets its name from the short venomous “horn” in front of each of its dorsal fins, which it uses for protection. The horn shark is typically a brownish color, covered in black spots, and its underbelly has a yellowish tint.
Did You Know?
This shark is named for the venomous horns on its dorsal fins.
The horn shark eats small fish and invertebrates.
38–47 inches long
Cold waters of the eastern Pacific; found inhabiting the coastal areas from Southern California to the Gulf of California and areas around Ecuador and Peru
The horn shark is not a species of concern.
Larger sharks and marine mammals
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