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'Vegetarian' shark discovery: First omnivorous species of sea predator stuns scientists

Surprised scientists have identified the seagrass-munching bonnethead as the first omnivorous shark species.

The shark, the smallest member of the hammerhead family, was studied by experts from the University of California Irvine and Florida International University. Their findings are published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

“We were absolutely surprised to find that the bonnethead sharks were taking an omnivorous digestive strategy,” Samantha Leigh, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Irvine and the study’s lead author, told Fox News.

The bonnethead was once thought to be solely carnivorous thanks to a diet that includes small fish, crabs, shrimp and mollusks.
So it only eats vegetarians?

(09-05-2018, 01:17 PM)Deplorably Nameless Wrote: [ -> ]So it only eats vegetarians?


Glad i did ribeye tonite  Hungrysmilie


Which Planet does it hailfrom?
Not surprising at all. They are small sharks with tiny sharp teeth. I’ve caught them on the Georgie coast. What’s surprising is that there are almost no animals who are strict vegetarians. All animals are opportunistic feeders and they will eat to survive. They aren’t bound by human rules. Deer eat mice, squirrels eat bugs, chimpanzees hunt for bush meat.
I should have taken that as a user name because it sure fits me, lol. seagrass-munching bonnethead. I eat lots of seaweed and I wear scarves and hats almost all the time like every old lady on the rez. Cats and dogs are carnivorous, especially cats, but they eat various greens too and likely need minerals that they contain, so why not sharks? I'll bet humans aren't even as tasty as they used to be, with all the chemicals in our diet now.