ANOTHER OF THE LESSER-KNOWN BUT (NOW) MORE COMMON SHARKS IN FALSE BAY WATERS NEAR CAPE TOWN.
Bronze-ies (also known as Copper Sharks) grow up to about 3.5m in length
Like Thresher Sharks, Bronze Whalers are in fact an important food source for white sharks, so it’s a good thing that we see them around these days — there will be food about for the White sharks when / if they return!
🐙They feed mostly on cephalopods (octopi and cuttlefish), bony fish, other shark species and rays
Pilchards are thought to be their most important source of prey in South African waters, so they definitely show up along the Sardine Run!
They aren’t considered dangerous to humans unless…… you happen to be a spear-fisher still in the water with your fresh catch 𐃆.
What about babies 🦈?
Bronze Whalers give birth to live young of 7 to 24 pups every other year in coastal nursery areas, and their gestation period is thought to be between 12 and perhaps as long as 21 months.
They are extremely slow-growing 🐌🕰
Males and females don’t reach maturity until 13–19 and 19–20 years of age respectively, so the IUCN’s Red List assesses the species as vulnerable because it is very susceptible to population depletion.
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