Port Jackson sharks are quite common in NSW waters. During the austral winter–spring season, the adults move onto shallow rocky reefs along the coast to mate. From late October to early July, they migrate to unkown locations. If you dive or snorkel, surely you’ve seen them swimming around or stacked up in crevices and caves. Yet, how much do you know about these sharks? Understanding the movements, habitat preferences and the behaviour of species like the Port Jackson shark i
If you usually dive or snorkel in NSW during winter-spring months, you have probably seen Port Jackson sharks before. Keep your eyes peeled if you see them again and let us know where! You can do that by filling in this form. They are very easy to identify thanks to their distinguishing black harness-like markings and blunt head with prominent forehead ridges. Take a look at our photos to be sure what they look like. The Port Jackson shark, Heterodontus portusjacksoni, is a m
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