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Spotted Gully Sharks

marine life of Namibia

Introduction: The spotted gully shark (Triakis megalopterus) is a common shark species and is often caught by rock and surf and beach anglers during both day and night. It is not really renowned for its fighting ability, but is one of the more interesting and beautiful shark species to catch. It is also known as the sharptooth hound shark and Sweet William, but to many anglers it is affectionately known as simply a 'Spotty'.

These sharks are targeted from the shore along sandy beaches with some rocky structures and a gully. Spotted gully sharks can also be caught on sandbanks with deep gullies on either side.

Distribution: They occur in various different habitats, from sandy beaches to deep gullies, rocky areas, reefs, tidal pools and shallow bays, along the Namibian coastline as far as Walvis Bay.

Diet: Crustaceans, crabs, small bony fish and the bigger gully sharks will eat smaller ones

Colouring: Can be identified by black spots on the body.

Size: Up to 40kg.

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  • Namibia Marine Life: Spotted-gulley-shark
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