Common Name: Grey Bamboo Shark
Scientific Name: Chiloscyllium griseum
Nickname: None

Description: The grey bamboo shark is a very heavily built, thick fish that can grow up to 74cm long. The adults are brown in color
with no patter and younger sharks have dark bands of color. Their noses protrude out beyond their eyes.
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Diet: Feeds mostly on invertebrates, small fish, and other small sea creatures. They are nocturnal, so they hunt at night.

Breeding: Lay eggs

Habitat: In the Indo-Pacific, near Iran, the Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, Phillippines, and Paua New Guinea, and live at the bottom of inshore waters and some coral reefs. They do not hibernate and not much is known about their migratory patterns. Other sharks and larger fish tend to be predators of them. Bamboo sharks can be told apart from each other according to their patterns and is commonly mistaken for a nurse shark.

Problems: The Grey Bamboo Shark is endangered for a few reasons, and part of it is just because of its habitat. Most sharks in general do not colonize below 1,500 meters below the surface, so they are more vulnerable to human activities. Their habitat, coral reefs, are also slowly fading away due to pollution, erosion, and other factors which causes problems for the shark. Decreases in their prey is also a problem.

Solutions: Not much is being done to help grey bamboo sharks themselves other than some aquariums breeding them, but there are efforts being taken to save their habitat, coral reefs. Fishing bans and pollution laws are efforts to save coral reefs, as well as making the oceans more acidic so organisms can use carbon to grow their skeletons.


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